Posted at 10:10 AM Nov 06, 2009By Kiala Kazebee
If we agree a paid blogging gig is a public thing, then what is the correct amount of censure when it comes to your public blog community? Personally, as long as someone isn't saying something threatening, then I want to leave it up there. The comments section is a place for community discourse, even if that discourse is negative. Trolling is a little different as the point is to attack with ad hominems and turn the attention away from the post and towards the troll. Still, I lean towards the "let people say what they want, the community will take care of itself" attitude, with a little moderation sprinkled here and there to keep things from becoming a Lord of the Flies situation.
In the healthy blogging community, negative comments are deleted, erased as if they never happened. Repressed and controlled like a bad memory. Basically, the comments sections are sterile environments where nothing can grow. Healthy, right?
Reading the comments on these blogs is like attending a positive affirmation seminar. I actually have no idea what a positive affirmation seminar is like, but I have a picture in my head of shiny-faced young people holding hands and smiling while crying on the inside. On the serious, scrolling through these comments is seriously cult-y, what with the TMJ inducing forced cheerfulness and weird sycophantic overtones. And the Kool Aid. I mean NUT BUTTERS.
The whole thing gives me the jabeebees. Yes, I made that word up.
So, how do we feel about this deleting business? If the blogs are truly personal journals then sure, whatever, delete away. Pretend it's all bunnies and kittens and unicorn pee, but once the blog becomes public and sponsored, doesn't the entire thing become little more than an infomercial with a space below to siphon off blog traffic with a link? What do you guys think about it?
And finally, I just found this comment on a post from Carrie @ I See Monsters (who apparently works on film sets?) which illustrates (to me, at least) what kind of community this has fostered.
"I actually have my name in the credits of Be Kind Rewind despite not really working on it at all. Long story. I've never actually seen the film myself! From the little snippets I've seen, it didn't seem like my cup of tea."
I suppose Carrie would rather have worked on The Lake House or maybe something with Reese Witherspoon. That Michel Gondry is just too weird. Plus, Jack Black is fat, and the fat might have gotten into her cup of tea.