November 17, 2000 6:07 AM   Subscribe

Hey! He's right. I hate you all.
posted by holloway (15 comments total)
ps. Teethmag is a like a fine wine. If you know what I mean.
posted by holloway at 6:09 AM on November 17, 2000

What, you have to leave it for twenty years before it's any good?

On the other hand, the guy's got a point - the auto-proctological soul-searching of some of those types is incredibly lame and boring.
posted by Mocata at 6:47 AM on November 17, 2000

Wait, isn't that essay like 6-8 months old? It sounds really familiar....
posted by chartres at 7:09 AM on November 17, 2000

Why should it read any different from the last "all webloggers suck" screed to make the rounds?
posted by harmful at 7:21 AM on November 17, 2000

Teethmag was so cool. Curse that Ben Brown and his inability to stick with a project.
posted by danwalker at 7:36 AM on November 17, 2000

It's different b/c it's parody, and it's old, and written by a MeFi contributor and A-List affiliate :)

posted by chartres at 7:47 AM on November 17, 2000

I'd like to congratulate Ben Brown on having the courage to take on such a powerful, high-profile group of people. That takes guts! Here's hoping he can find other targets soon, like say a bunch of disabled boy scouts.

This from a guy who contributes to uber.nu, whose joke-but-not-really-a-joke subtitle is "Better Than You. Daily." Haw. Haw. I really find this sort of lovable-iconoclast horseshit tiring in the extreme.

posted by Skot at 8:51 AM on November 17, 2000

This is from long long long long long long ago. These people weren't "high profile" back then. I'm not sure if Blogger even existed. Weblogs had just found a name and thus a definition and a community and lots of bloggers were preaching their glories, a bit overenthusiastically, probably. This piece is just a reaction to that by a guy who thought all these web people were wasting their time writing short entries when they should be writing really really long stuff instead. Pay no attention to the fact that most webloggers wouldn't be doing any Net writing if it weren't for the short format.
posted by daveadams at 9:10 AM on November 17, 2000

I am just looking for a used car...what is all this?
posted by fred at 9:44 AM on November 17, 2000 [40 favorites]

Who said webloggers thought we were all that and a bag of chips? That blame should really fall upon the media nerds that choose to use us to sell their stuff. I think weblogs are nice and all, but we aren't rock stars, people. Really now. ;)
posted by Hackworth at 12:25 PM on November 17, 2000

we aren't rock stars, people

i hadn't remembered you being on the A-list, hackworth. the list grows ever longer... :)
posted by dhoyt at 1:35 PM on November 17, 2000

Oh, I'm not. I was just saying that I was a weblogger.
posted by Hackworth at 7:27 PM on November 17, 2000

Ben Brown is a bourgeois git, tho. But this is way old, I blogged it twice, the second time a year after the first time...
posted by Graham at 6:04 AM on November 18, 2000

Who said webloggers thought we were all that and a bag of chips?

Hackworth, you must have missed the first few months after Cam, Peter, et al recognized and defined the weblog as a genre. Back then, webloggers were really really excited about the format per se and how it could revolutionize the web. Of course, with the perspective that comes with time, we've come to see things a bit more clearly. But that early perspective that weblogs were a revolutionary format was what Ben Brown was reacting to with that Teeth piece.
posted by daveadams at 11:16 PM on November 18, 2000

ah, yes, i did miss that...
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