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Friday, September 09, 2005

New Lows In Fake Blogging

Run you through a paper shredder, duct tape you to Eddie Vedder
(The creepy kids at are fucking pissed)

The sports blogs that I like reading the most are all lacking a bit of polish, but that’s one reason why they‘re interesting. Nothing spoils a good read quite like professionalism and attention to detail. However, if you want your blog-reading enjoyment obscured even further, behind bogus irony and shitloads of annoying advertising, then that’s where comes in handy.

If the newly-launched Deadspin was just another irritating revenue-oriented mainstream web site pretending to be hip then I could ignore it, just like I ignore Stylus. Deadspin, though, pretends to be a blog, but isn't. Compare their personal profile to one like mine, for example, and you can easily see the difference. Besides that, you'll find on Deadspin's pages almost none of the basic template features found in a true blog.

Deadspin claims, "We’re not some lame-ass ESPN Hollywood Tom Brady’s-schtupping-Annabeth-Gish Culture of Sports pap either", yet they have an archive category labeled "Groupies", and for not caring about who's having sex with NFL quarterbacks, they seem pretty proud of their stupid Ron Mexico reference. (Considering that Deadspin has seperate Editing, Advertising, and Business Development staff, meaning lots of free time left for writing, you'd think they could come up with some better jokes).

Perhaps knowing that their writing sucks, Deadspin puts a lot of effort into begging for bloggers to send in their posts. Not only is Deadspin trying to break in and grab all the blog traffic and blog ad revenue that it can by pretending to be a blog, they want to do it using your blog's articles. In the hope that you won't complain, they spend a lot of time handing out pats on the back to all the blogs that they're stealing ideas from. (The post where the guy congratulates Yard Work for its header photos is about the dumbest thing I read all week.) There's even a Deadspin "Guide to the Web", which is hardly anything more than a mirror image of a Technorati search using Deadspin's URL.

Deadspin champions itself as "Sports news without access, favor, or discretion." Seeing as how they've yet to feature much original writing or actually break a story themselves-- doing almost nothing other than post links to other blog's stories-- perhaps they should change their slogan to "Sports news without any actual meaningful involvement on our part."


Anonymous pack attack said...

Deadspin is DOA.

My first impression looking at the site reminds me of an attempt to be Jim Rome -- they've got a take which they think is edgy and hip -- and like Rome it is really just crap.

9/9/05, 9:57 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Give me a minute, I'm trying to look up who this "Jim Rome" guy is...

9/9/05, 10:36 PM

Anonymous pack attack said...

Don't waste your time.

You'd have to be in the Jungle and be one of his clones with a take to understand.

9/9/05, 11:23 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

I just spent the entire last half of the day writing a post about, so obviously, wasting my time doesn't bother me one bit.

9/9/05, 11:33 PM

Anonymous JK said...

Rome wasn't debunked in a day.

Clones Anonymous

9/10/05, 1:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Bob Denver died, but in your post, you mistakenly think that it's the city of Denver that has died. Ha, ha. That's the joke -- you switch the two. And hilarity ensues! Now, that's comedy.

Is that some of the "original writing" to which you were referring in the Deadspin post?

You know, this angry-man-with-laptop schtick of yours might fly if you moved out of your parents' basement.

9/10/05, 1:59 AM

Anonymous Gerard said...

When the Deadspinner comes up with a joke as funny as the Bob Denver/city of Denver gag, by all means, provide an example. Or better yet, maybe someone who has the courage of their convictions will actually sign their name next time. .

And what's so bad about living in your parents' basement? I mean, my parents' basement kinda sucks, but other people's parents have some pretty nice set-ups down below. Those who aren't working for Gawker Media can't afford to be so fucking smug.

9/10/05, 4:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is looking like a fake blog.

9/10/05, 8:23 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

Hey, maybe working for Gawker Media/ wouldn't be such a bad idea. It looks like you get to take the weekends off, at least, and everyone knows there's no sports on the weekends.

To the guy that didn't like my Bob Denver joke, perhaps you'll think my Frank Perdue one is better. Being an actual real sports blog, we're all about being sensitive to our readers' needs.

9/10/05, 12:03 PM

Anonymous Gerard said...

I take it back. Living in your parents basement is soooo much less interesting than the travails of a young writing hopeful trying to make sense of life in the big city.

If you think there's something depressing about others being paid for having no original ideas, take solace in knowing the pay probably sucks.

9/10/05, 6:58 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

After reading that article, I'm almost starting to feel sympathetic towards the guy now. He's become a well-known author, but he had to become a re-run on Comedy Central in order to do it.

9/11/05, 1:02 PM

Anonymous mrs.brushback said...

Bob Denver died?

9/12/05, 1:06 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Whaddya mean? Who's Bob Denver?

9/12/05, 1:26 PM


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