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1 year, 8 months ago on An acquisition is always a failure
@hamishmckenzie Maybe. Maybe you're a little defensive. I was not threatening anything, only stating what I did and the reasons. If that threatens anything, it's your ego.
I stand this being "masturbatory garbage" of the first order. It's not the end of the world, and the reasons it annoyed me was because it's the culmination of an overall increase in such articles on PD.
If honest feedback makes me a prick, so be it. I am not trolling - I'm giving clear feedback. I'm also not claiming to be the preacher of truth and gospel as you imply. I'm only asking for some thought to be put in what gets published on high profile blogs in this narcissistic valley. Speaking of which, narcissistic might have been a better word than masturbatory.
2 years, 2 months ago on Me and the Apple Customer Service Rep: A Brief Love Story
@hamishmckenzie I just re-read the article. It doesn't even try to make a conclusion or justify itself. It's a step by step recounting of a customer support chat that has a slightly unusually casual bent to it, though I've had far more interesting conversations with AT&T reps. There is really no excuse for clicking publish on this one. Standing by my call. As they say, just because it happened to you, doesn't make it interesting, except perhaps to your close friends, and this would be a bit inane even for a facebook post.
@hamishmckenzie The number of emails gradually went up as the site developed - I signed up pretty early when it was just a few per day, but it went up to around 12 a day. They contain the entire article. I'm a heavy user of Gmail Priority Inbox, so they didn't bother me too much and were an interesting diversion when every article brought something new to my awareness, instead of being masturbatory garbage.
Sorry, there's no way around it - that's what this article is. There's a big difference between distilling facts and angles, and dumping the logs of your latest support chat in the hope that it gives some color to something or other. The right to publish on a blog does not mean you should publish every insight. Of course PD is whatever it's publishers want to make of it, but I do hope for some new sources with some level of discretion and less noise.
I think MG Siegler was one of the most derided (and loved by some) TC writers, rightly so IMO - smart guy and good writer, but we count on these sites to filter interesting stuff instead of wasting our time with fruitless reading. He wrote long articles with linkbait titles that amounted to nothing.
When a blog has been interesting, I try to give even uninterestingly titled articles a chance as they are often rewarding. When I waste my time reading garbage, it's frustrating so I lose faith in the editors. Next step is interesting (linkbait) titles with garbage content, which is of course even more frustrating. Then comes low quality readers. Then you sell Huffington.
Unless of course you want to be the blog equivalent of the assembled twitter streams of whoever happens to be on the Pando payroll. In which case you will lose quality readers who don't have time for BS like this.
@hamishmckenzie Unless it's in my Inbox, which it no longer is. I enjoyed the Pando emails for a while because they were all of significance. Now it's decending into noise. People go to Techmeme instead of Techcrunch because the latter has no filter. Hopefully Pando won't follow the same path. What you don't print is as important as what you print.
@hamishmckenzie I can live with that. Hopefully they will be replaced by someone with more editorial discretion. Seriously, don't publish stuff nobody wants to read, especially not giddy fanboy stuff nobody wants to read. Next article will be about how your iPhone flashlight helped you find toilet paper when your roommate turned off the light.
Officially time to unsubscribe from Pando Daily article email notifications.
You might have something to say if you have been there but it's pretty obnoxious to characterize burning man out of ignorance and reading their Facebook posts (since when have Facebook comments been a good representation of anything?)
While some of all you mention exists there, annoyances and all, so much more goes on than such hokiness. You should go and then write about how different it is than you could have imagined.
2 years, 3 months ago on Why I Don’t Worry About Missing Burning Man