April 11, 2007

Big Corporations Spoil Everything

My heart is broken because Fametracker has gone into hiatus. Apparently Bravo bought out Fametracker and Television without Pity -- and good for Tara Ariano and the other one, they deserve lots of money -- and I can only conclude that they wanted the people to concentrate their energy on TWoP. There have been some grumblings that Bravo is ruining TWoP too (there was also a post I can't be bothered to find about closing discussion threads), but I don't read TWoP so I don't care.

Anyway, I promise you, my dear readers, that Opiniatrety will never be bought out and ruined by a large corporation. The complete lack of posting that you've grown to love will always be done with a fiercely independent spirit.

Actually, I've thought of some post ideas recently, and I've heard some complaints about the lack of philosophy posts, so I will list them under the fold to shame myself into writing them up eventually:

Connotation and the "I'm hot 'cause I'm fly" problem
"Guinness has only 125 calories. (Not on purpose.)" [Billboard seen from the window at the APA Pacific]
"I know it but I need to prove it." [Connected to the post before this one.]
Understanding and the epistemology of disagreement -- why it doesn't matter that I'm not as smart as David Lewis. (This may be slightly substantial, so possibly I should put it up at Certain Doubts.)
Cat studies. -- Not actually a philosophical post.

Posted by Matt Weiner at April 11, 2007 10:23 AM

I demand a greater infrequency of less posting.

Posted by: standpipe at April 11, 2007 05:31 PM

shame myself into writing them up eventually

I hope this works better for you than it has for me. I'm still in shame about posts I "intended" to write over 2 years ago.

Posted by: eb at April 11, 2007 06:39 PM

Cats first! In fact, I would like to propose that the entire internet henceforth be dedicated to cats. At the very least there should be a .fel top-level domain.

Posted by: mcmc at April 11, 2007 07:49 PM

Selling out isn't as easy as it sounds. Any two-bit blogger can starve with integrity. I've been trying to sell out for years.

Big corporations are the wave of the future for independent culture. The average small media outlet or nonprofit group is run by some eccentric (nutty) independent-minded (sociopathic) detail-oriented person (control freak). That's not a pejorative, really; you pretty much have to be all those things to keep a small ship running for any length of time. However, at a small shop, nothing can really escape the boss's notice.

What one needs is to be taken over by a corporation large enough that the head honchos have no idea who you are and what you're doing, and the IT department loses your bandwidth in the noise. The extreme example of this is how the guys who founded "Suck" started by running it on Wired's servers without anyone noticing. (Okay, Wired isn't exactly Big Media, but this was back when there were about 80 websites.)

Sell out now. It's the only way to stay free.

Posted by: Ben at April 12, 2007 01:05 AM

I can't believe Bravo squashed Fametracker.

You should, however, read TWoP. Well, not "should." That's a little strong. How about "might be entertained if you"?

Posted by: mrh at April 12, 2007 03:12 PM