The new A list

Damn, I wish I hadn’t read blogs today. I took yesterday off. I might take the rest of the week off. Blogging for me is at an inflection point. Blogging for me had the opportunity to become something magical: where the reader gets smarter and more informed. It seems that lately it’s become the worst of the Usenet — just straight up street fighting. My guy vs. your guy. My cause vs. your cause.

So, why do I wish I hadn’t read blogs today? Cause I saw a lynch mob beating up my friend, Dave Winer. As I read their posts (and the even more vile comments on those posts) I realize that this isn’t the blogosphere I signed up for.

Although it’s one I helped create.

No one kept their head — the knives and guns just came out in this street fight. No one called both sides and did some real reporting. No one added any value. Built anyone up. No, all I read was “Dave’s an a++hole” kind of comments. Update: Nick Bradbury kept his head.

Worse, some bloggers are asking me to join the mob! Um, no.

First, throwing out the fact that Dave’s a friend of mine and has done more for me and my family than the entire lynch mob put together, there’s the little thing of my philosophy.

My philosophy? I want better software. More software. More geek toys. More things that improve my life.

So, what does my philosophy tell me to do? Protect the inventor. Protect the guy who brought us SOAP, XML-RPC, RSS, OPML, podcasting, and a few other things here and there. Against the angry mob.

Why? Cause if I don’t, then maybe some new inventor will say “this space sucks, I’m gonna go somewhere that they appreciate inventors.” And if that happens I’ll lose. We’ll all lose.

Now, read very carefully. I have no idea who has a good legal case here. I have no idea who is in the right, or who is in the wrong. I know it’s fun to pick sides, but when there are two sides to the story we MUST stop and put on our thinking caps and MUST stop behaving like a mob. Even a guy accused of crime deserves a fair trial (and I’m not trying to tie either Dave or Roger to that).

Why?

Cause I know how this game is played. Once Dave is outta the way, they are coming after me. Or you. Or your friends.

One thing on this case: one guy called in the mob, the other guy didn’t. That says volumes to me.

I wish I had never looked at the blogs this morning. I’m sorry for any part I played in helping create this new “A list.”

Ever notice that the new A list only tears down people and ideas but never puts new ideas, new products, new tools, out there to attack?

This is why I’m trying to get away from Memeorandum and other memetrackers. I am getting pulled into this new “A list” world. Why? Cause the new A list is getting huge audiences. They are getting more comments on their blogs. More inbound links. Moving up the Technorati popularity list.

I almost bought into it myself and thought I needed to join the “attack mob” too.

If that’s how the game is gonna be played, I want off the Technorati list now.

I wish I had never looked at the blogs today.

Oh, and the “A” in the “New A List” stands for Attack or, maybe, “Ad Hominem.” 

164 thoughts on “The new A list

  1. It’s alive, it’s alive, it’s the blogosphere.
    You have built the perfect blog here Scoble.
    You have given me a reason to live and I can’t stop blogging and reading your genius marketing ideas. I require more software to reach the next vista of geek uniformity and enslave the dumb serfs.

  2. It’s alive, it’s alive, it’s the blogosphere.
    You have built the perfect blog here Scoble.
    You have given me a reason to live and I can’t stop blogging and reading your genius marketing ideas. I require more software to reach the next vista of geek uniformity and enslave the dumb serfs.

  3. Here’s an objective outsider’s take on this, for what it’s worth:

    It doesn’t matter who likes who, who has how many friends or enemies, who did what to who in the past, or who did or said what outside of the public eye; the case has to be judged by what was done publicly in connection with this specific incident if we want to see who’s in the wrong in this case.

    Something I’ve found to be invariably true is this; a good, decent person never, ever, EVER shares private correspondence without the clear permission of all parties. NEVER. Someone who’d put a private letter in a totally public forum, aimed at an audience who any moron would know would react viciously towards the source of the letter, and such that said source will be sure to see said reaction, is FAR from being a saint; this is a calculatedly evil act, and, regardless of how much the letter-sharer was provoked, it’s absolutely inexcusable and puts them 100% in the wrong for this particular altercation.

    Perhaps Dave Winer is an objectively bad person; just be aware that Rogers Cadenhead has shown that he isn’t any better.

  4. Here’s an objective outsider’s take on this, for what it’s worth:

    It doesn’t matter who likes who, who has how many friends or enemies, who did what to who in the past, or who did or said what outside of the public eye; the case has to be judged by what was done publicly in connection with this specific incident if we want to see who’s in the wrong in this case.

    Something I’ve found to be invariably true is this; a good, decent person never, ever, EVER shares private correspondence without the clear permission of all parties. NEVER. Someone who’d put a private letter in a totally public forum, aimed at an audience who any moron would know would react viciously towards the source of the letter, and such that said source will be sure to see said reaction, is FAR from being a saint; this is a calculatedly evil act, and, regardless of how much the letter-sharer was provoked, it’s absolutely inexcusable and puts them 100% in the wrong for this particular altercation.

    Perhaps Dave Winer is an objectively bad person; just be aware that Rogers Cadenhead has shown that he isn’t any better.

  5. I’ll be frank Robert. Most of us are sick and fed up with the Scobles and Winers labeling themselves as the cream of the blogosphere. A cut above the rest of us. The blue-bloods of blogdome that the rest of us mere mortals should grovel and “suck up” to.

    What do you expect when you create a class system like that? Of course the ‘peasants’ are going to throw tomatoes and yell “off with his head”. It’s human nature.

    Sorry for being the bearer of bad news my friend but here is my advice. Both yourself and Dave and the rest of the rabble should cut the bullshit “A-List” conflab and don’t take yourself so seriously. Because believe it or not — most of us don’t.

  6. I’ll be frank Robert. Most of us are sick and fed up with the Scobles and Winers labeling themselves as the cream of the blogosphere. A cut above the rest of us. The blue-bloods of blogdome that the rest of us mere mortals should grovel and “suck up” to.

    What do you expect when you create a class system like that? Of course the ‘peasants’ are going to throw tomatoes and yell “off with his head”. It’s human nature.

    Sorry for being the bearer of bad news my friend but here is my advice. Both yourself and Dave and the rest of the rabble should cut the bullshit “A-List” conflab and don’t take yourself so seriously. Because believe it or not — most of us don’t.

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