April 20th, 2006

Digg and Calacanis Bush-whack Critics

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So Digg has been accused of gaming its own system, censorship, and other “undemocratic” behavior — perhaps more evidence that 2.0 isn’t as 2.0 as the hype machines wants you to think it is.

Kevin Rose’s response is positively Bushian in his refusal to admit any possible wrongdoing.

But I was blown away by Jason Calacanis’ Bush-whacking of Digg and all other 2.0 critics:

It’s funny… the reward for being successful in the blogosphere is now pure hate (check Scoble, Gawker, Engadget, MySpace, etc). The Internet industry used to be competitive, but because the freak contingent didn’t have blogs you could basically ignore them.

Today, as a startup, the freak contingent (aka haters) can take over your life if you let them. They bait you all day long, they look for your weak spots and attack them, and the facts are–of course–secondary to the splashy headline. Anything social runs the risk of being taken over by the bastards… look at Wikipedia. It’s becoming a field day for flammers, haters, stalkers, and freaks. The whole thing is on the verge of coming apart. It’s total chaos.

To be honest… I kind of like.

These freaks are the best focus group you could ever have, and frankly people are learning who the freaks are who the cool people are.

Those who are critical of hyped-up startups are “freaks” and “haters” and “bastards”?!? Too bad you can’t ignore them because they have blogs and a real voice now?!? We should lament the total chaos because the barbarians came through the gates when we threw them open?!?

Not very 2.0 of Jason to want to squash criticism through ad hominem attacks — now that Scott McLellan is out of a job, mayber he can write (or front) for Calacanis.

I will gladly wear the mantle of Calacanis’ freak/hater/bastard — if I ever become one of Jason’s “cool people,” please tell me and I’ll quit blogging immediately.

Comments (12 Responses so far)

  1. Kellegous.com Speaks of DiggProBlogger – Digg DeceptionNewsome BlogRealTechNewsSilicon Valley Sleuth – Social Websites have a Social ResponsibilityBasement.orgSearch Engine Guide – is digg working with their own shovel?Publishing 2.0SuperGeekBlog – The Social Corruption of DiggStudent-Rant Blog – Interesting Statistics on Editor PostingVirtual ThoughtCNET Podcast on the subject [IMG ]

  2. Kellegous.com Speaks of DiggProBlogger – Digg DeceptionNewsome BlogRealTechNewsSilicon Valley Sleuth – Social Websites have a Social ResponsibilityBasement.orgSearch Engine Guide – is digg working with their own shovel?Publishing 2.0SuperGeekBlog – The Social Corruption of DiggStudent-Rant Blog – Interesting Statistics on Editor PostingVirtual ThoughtCNET Podcast on the subjectFG-DIGG Issue on TWiT @ Forever Geek [IMG ] Yet Another Linux Blog

  3. I’m talking about folks who attack without a real beef and who spin the facts. I’m fine with folks being critical, I’ve said many time that I enjoy it. I love people attacking me because they just make our stuff better. Please point out my flaws… I’ll fix them!

    However, we’ve seen a lot of mob behavior recently on DIGG and the wikipedia. The more outlandish the claims the quicker they get voted to the top/the more play they get–regardless if they are true.

    Of course, people are starting to learn to either a) discount information on wikipedia and DIGG or b) at the very least look at information on wikipedia and digg as extremely raw and suspect.

  4. Jason, your post suffered a bit from multiple personality disorder — I agreed with the spirit of the last part, that embracing criticism and fixing mistakes makes the product stronger, and that smart early players benefit from the learning curve. But the first part sound like you were attacking people like Forever Geek, who is hardly I don’t think fits your profile of “freaks.”

    I also agree with the mob behavior problem of 2.0 sites — but it’s hardly surprising that this is what happens when you let the masses take the reigns.

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  6. I think the bigger issue is someone feeling competitive with Wikipedia and Digg. Some people are competitive with anything!

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  8. They just need a dose of Shiny Happy People!!

  9. not freaks?!?!

    uhhh: http://forevergeek.com/forever_geek/scrivs_at_work.php

  10. Jason, freak as in highly eccentric weirdo, sure, but freak as in recklessly smearing righteous startups, I don’t think so — Macgyver’s ForeverGeek posts are like court briefs — see his response to Kevin’s “response.” Speculative, sure, but a hell of a lot more well reasoned and thorough than most of what you see in the blogosphere.

  11. Wow, that post by Kevin Rose is completely full of shit. It’s actually pretty astounding.

  12. Hahah – lets say FG was spamming, but then lets unban them. All the while not really saying anything.

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