Mike’s mood improves when Paulo Coelho arrives

Famous author (he’s sold more than 100 million books) Paulo Coelho just arrived here at Davos and I turned on my Nokia and broadcast it live from the World Economic Forum. Mike Arrington introduced him to me and he gave some good advice for new authors. More to come from Davos over the next four days. Why did Mike’s mood need improving? Well, yesterday in Germany someone came up to him and spit in his face and he wrote on TechCrunch that he’s taking some time off of blogging.

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72 thoughts on “Mike’s mood improves when Paulo Coelho arrives

  1. Just the fact that you were near Paulo Coelho, one of the most inspirational persons in the planet, 3rd most sold author in the world, and you had the opportunity to talk with him is one of those moments you should cherish always!
    My congratulations for that unique experience!

  2. An addition thought…

    Arrington has been one of the leading critics of mainstream media. That it doesn’t do its job. That we do a better job. If this is so, then don’t we have a moral obligation not to accept everything at face value? To dig deeper, to be skeptical, to question?

    Death threats and face spitting are unacceptable. But some of Arrington’s statements do not make sense, and so I just can’t accept them at face value. That’s not being mean, that’s being objective.

    Regardless, perhaps time off is a good thing for him.

  3. An addition thought…

    Arrington has been one of the leading critics of mainstream media. That it doesn’t do its job. That we do a better job. If this is so, then don’t we have a moral obligation not to accept everything at face value? To dig deeper, to be skeptical, to question?

    Death threats and face spitting are unacceptable. But some of Arrington’s statements do not make sense, and so I just can’t accept them at face value. That’s not being mean, that’s being objective.

    Regardless, perhaps time off is a good thing for him.

  4. Hany, you don’t understand, it is against the law for a felon to have a gun. I’m assuming there was some evidence of this person having a gun, otherwise how would Arrington know the person has it? This evidence would be more than enough to get the person arrested.

    And no, credible death threats are illegal in most states–all, I think, though the circumstances varies. And arresting a person is not dependent on a long court process. One can be arrested immediately. This isn’t a civil lawsuit.

    In addition, you do not have to tell wherever you’re going when you get a restraining order.

    Of course you can believe I’m wrong. What I’m trying to get people to do is step back and look at what Arrington is saying objectively. If you find what he’s saying to be credible, great. More power to you. In my opinion, what he says doesn’t make a lot of sense. Even the spitting, he says he doesn’t know who the guy was, but it’s all the tech community’s fault, and the guy was some disgruntled entrepreneur…but he didn’t see his face.

    I mean, come on. Aren’t your ears twitching yet?

    As for your statement about the tech world, he has done little for the tech world. Perhaps the startup community in Silicon Valley is indebted to him, but the rest of the tech world isn’t overly influenced by him. Seriously. But that’s my opinion.

  5. Hany, you don’t understand, it is against the law for a felon to have a gun. I’m assuming there was some evidence of this person having a gun, otherwise how would Arrington know the person has it? This evidence would be more than enough to get the person arrested.

    And no, credible death threats are illegal in most states–all, I think, though the circumstances varies. And arresting a person is not dependent on a long court process. One can be arrested immediately. This isn’t a civil lawsuit.

    In addition, you do not have to tell wherever you’re going when you get a restraining order.

    Of course you can believe I’m wrong. What I’m trying to get people to do is step back and look at what Arrington is saying objectively. If you find what he’s saying to be credible, great. More power to you. In my opinion, what he says doesn’t make a lot of sense. Even the spitting, he says he doesn’t know who the guy was, but it’s all the tech community’s fault, and the guy was some disgruntled entrepreneur…but he didn’t see his face.

    I mean, come on. Aren’t your ears twitching yet?

    As for your statement about the tech world, he has done little for the tech world. Perhaps the startup community in Silicon Valley is indebted to him, but the rest of the tech world isn’t overly influenced by him. Seriously. But that’s my opinion.

  6. Shelley, I am not going to stoop down and call you an idiot. I will, however, tell you that I believe you’re incredibly wrong.

    Unfortunately, it’s not terribly hard to get a gun in the states, even if you’re a convicted felon. So, that’s really not that surprising. As for the threats, here in the states, unless he actually DOES something besides threaten, the police can do relatively little. Even then, the states are notoriously known for their looooong court processes.

    Mike Arrington’s presence in the tech world is needed. I predict that we will not know how much we need this man until we spend a month without him. What he did for the tech world can never ever be forgotten.

  7. Shelley, I am not going to stoop down and call you an idiot. I will, however, tell you that I believe you’re incredibly wrong.

    Unfortunately, it’s not terribly hard to get a gun in the states, even if you’re a convicted felon. So, that’s really not that surprising. As for the threats, here in the states, unless he actually DOES something besides threaten, the police can do relatively little. Even then, the states are notoriously known for their looooong court processes.

    Mike Arrington’s presence in the tech world is needed. I predict that we will not know how much we need this man until we spend a month without him. What he did for the tech world can never ever be forgotten.

  8. Who is to moderate this comment? not sure. The Judeo-Christians who createde the modern world and outnumbered and are waiting to be decimated due to the general world’s expectation of heaven on earth. We have to be prepared to leave, or live ilke ascetic monks at the brink of meeting our creator.

  9. Who is to moderate this comment? not sure. The Judeo-Christians who createde the modern world and outnumbered and are waiting to be decimated due to the general world’s expectation of heaven on earth. We have to be prepared to leave, or live ilke ascetic monks at the brink of meeting our creator.

  10. Everything is an athical question: that is, why are you on thiss earth? The Judeo-Christian consensus which created the ‘modern world is faltering due to its altruism. But it does not really falter. Its adherents simply must prepare to leave this dimension, because the economic/industrial ssystem they created is failing through to high a crass expectation in this world. Otherwise, the world mustf simply go on universal spiritual, non-material, non secular life and live like monks, almost in the hope that we do not at this time go into freefall and get more time.

  11. Everything is an athical question: that is, why are you on thiss earth? The Judeo-Christian consensus which created the ‘modern world is faltering due to its altruism. But it does not really falter. Its adherents simply must prepare to leave this dimension, because the economic/industrial ssystem they created is failing through to high a crass expectation in this world. Otherwise, the world mustf simply go on universal spiritual, non-material, non secular life and live like monks, almost in the hope that we do not at this time go into freefall and get more time.

  12. Ric, a death threat is not the same as someone not driving the speed limit. Good lord, if you’re going to dig up analogies, can you at least find something that’s credible?

    Arrington said he had death threats in writing, but the police could do nothing. I would assume, then, that the police did not consider the threats to be credible. (discussion about death threats per state)

    He also wrote the person was a felon, with a gun. What’s wrong with this statement? You’ll have to look that one up, I’m not providing a reference.

    Both of these, to me, undermine the credibility of Arrington’s post. If you don’t believe so, your choice. As for me being an idiot, well, I guess you’ve just demonstrated you’re a typical Arrington commenter, haven’t you?

  13. Ric, a death threat is not the same as someone not driving the speed limit. Good lord, if you’re going to dig up analogies, can you at least find something that’s credible?

    Arrington said he had death threats in writing, but the police could do nothing. I would assume, then, that the police did not consider the threats to be credible. (discussion about death threats per state)

    He also wrote the person was a felon, with a gun. What’s wrong with this statement? You’ll have to look that one up, I’m not providing a reference.

    Both of these, to me, undermine the credibility of Arrington’s post. If you don’t believe so, your choice. As for me being an idiot, well, I guess you’ve just demonstrated you’re a typical Arrington commenter, haven’t you?

  14. Shelley,

    The US legal system is not what you see in movies
    People are assumed innocent – usually even in evidence to the contrary.
    Also, even in a threat situation, the police do not have time to watch someone 24/7
    Speeding is illegal, but people do it every day.

    You ARE an idiot.

  15. Shelley,

    The US legal system is not what you see in movies
    People are assumed innocent – usually even in evidence to the contrary.
    Also, even in a threat situation, the police do not have time to watch someone 24/7
    Speeding is illegal, but people do it every day.

    You ARE an idiot.

  16. > Well, yesterday in Germany someone came up to him and spit in his face

    Robert, are you an eye witness for that?

    Somehow, I can’t avoid thinking that this is a made-up drama to increase page views.

  17. > Well, yesterday in Germany someone came up to him and spit in his face

    Robert, are you an eye witness for that?

    Somehow, I can’t avoid thinking that this is a made-up drama to increase page views.

  18. I find that Arrington has little credibility. If he received a death threat, then the police can respond. That is built into all laws, including those related to the cyber world. A death threat is illegal.

    Arrington has also been abusive, deliberately works to generate attention in the worst possible way, is demeaning of others — in other words, he reaps what he sows.

    Did someone spit on him? Then that is wrong. But Arrington is no saint.

  19. I find that Arrington has little credibility. If he received a death threat, then the police can respond. That is built into all laws, including those related to the cyber world. A death threat is illegal.

    Arrington has also been abusive, deliberately works to generate attention in the worst possible way, is demeaning of others — in other words, he reaps what he sows.

    Did someone spit on him? Then that is wrong. But Arrington is no saint.

  20. Do not give up Mike!
    I KNOW that there are jerks out there
    I run a non-profit that helps Open Source and I got sued several times, costing me tens of thousands of dollars
    Being a leader means that the followers are jealous
    Being an entrepreneur means pushing through the hurdles
    Do not give up!

  21. Do not give up Mike!
    I KNOW that there are jerks out there
    I run a non-profit that helps Open Source and I got sued several times, costing me tens of thousands of dollars
    Being a leader means that the followers are jealous
    Being an entrepreneur means pushing through the hurdles
    Do not give up!

  22. Thanks for this, Robert & Mike! And I’m sorry for Mike, being spat on and being threatened to death is not how a blogger/journalist like him should be treated. I also feel sad that he’s no longer able to believe people are innately good :-\

  23. Thanks for this, Robert & Mike! And I’m sorry for Mike, being spat on and being threatened to death is not how a blogger/journalist like him should be treated. I also feel sad that he’s no longer able to believe people are innately good :-

  24. You might like to know that among portuguese speaking intelectuals Paulo Coelho is considered a terrible writer and his success a source of embarassment. Like if you would read in an portuguese publication that Jacqueline Susann is a sort of representative of american fiction.

  25. You might like to know that among portuguese speaking intelectuals Paulo Coelho is considered a terrible writer and his success a source of embarassment. Like if you would read in an portuguese publication that Jacqueline Susann is a sort of representative of american fiction.

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