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August 13, 2003

No, Dave, It's a Fleecing

Posted by Mike on August 13, 2003 5:45 PM

There's an entertaining takedown of BloggerCon penned by Andrew Orlowski up on The Register. You can tell it finds at least part of the mark, because it has Dave Winer reaching for his dictionary to nitpick Andrew's use of the word "fleecing."

Before proceeding, here's a sample usage of the word for Dave. He can decide whether he wants to continue to use to supplement that tin ear of his:

"So, how was The Monsters of Thrash show?"

"It was o.k. The tickets weren't expensive, I guess, but they charged $7.50 for a bottle of water."

"God damn, what a fleecing!"

"Yeah. Sucked."

Eric Alterman's response is pretty good: "What's next on the blog horizon? A 'mere $1,000' to see the view from Andy’s bathroom?"

And some nuance is creeping into Andrew's writing about the general topic of blogs, too, as he sorts out the bloggers who're trying to turn out a good product from those who just blog about blogging:

"The medium is not the message. Imagine how tedious newspapers would be if every other story proclaimed 'We use INK!!!' The writers don't care, and the readers don't care, how this message was delivered: but readers do care about quality."

No danger of quality here, unless pk decides to get around to making a few more entries.