The only thing worse than a piss-weak joke is a badly-judged one… witness the disaster that is Village Vermin.
Ministry of Truth – Village Vermin: What a complete bag of shit! Look, read the disclaimer, run a WHOIS on the domain if you like (the owner listed a Party Animals Production Ltd) it amounts to the same [thing], a piss-poor attempt to create a viral advert for the programme using a fake blog on the premise that somehow we’ll all find a bunch of fake online gossip interesting – and on, I might add, with the weirdest blogroll I think I’ve ever seen – I mean who the fuck blogrolls the Downing Street website?
(Psst! More about the series Party Animals here if you feel you need to know more.)
Johnny Void jumped down my throat for saying this before, but I’m going to say it again:
Bloggerheads: Those of you who know what I’ve been up to these past few years will know that I helped make a lot of firsts happen in political blogging, and I am still doing things right now that won’t be done on a widespread basis for at least a few years. Call me self-important if you like, but I’ve learned quite a few things in the process; stuff that even most ‘experts’ don’t know about the long-term political use of weblogs.
Ditto for marketing. If you search for ‘raging cow’ in Google you’ll find some information about one of the ‘firsts’ in that arena, and my role in it.
That was nearly four years ago. Even then, it should have been obvious that people take this blogging thing seriously. That goes for political blogs as well as personal blogs because… well, people who are involved in such things tend to take politics rather seriously, too. Duh.
If you create a fake weblog to promote anything, you will want to make damn sure that your venture is well-researched and well-judged… or that ‘joke’ will be about as welcome as, say, your faking the death of a close relative.
(But I was just kidding! Honest! Look, it was just a joke people… hey, where is everybody going…?)
For a start, look at this blogroll (see right)… I mean just look at it!
It looks like it was drafted in a hurry by someone who talked to someone who once read a thing or two about political weblogs in a pamphlet by Carol Vorderman.
Some of the sites have individual worth – (author waves to Wibbler) – but then, individual words have meaning too… that doesn’t make a random string of words a meaningful sentence.
This is laziness at work.
This is stupidity at work.
This is ignorance at work.
This is arrogance at work.
As for comments about the fake comments threads… well, I’m lost for words, to be honest.
I think the only saving grace of the Village Vermin website is that it’s not designed to promote a series about bloggers.
[Hello BBC and Party Animals Productions peeps! While I’ve got your attention, is now a bad time for me to pitch my idea for a new comedy/drama? It’s about this blogger who isn’t really a blogger who claims to be an impartial trouble maker when he’s really a smear merchant working for a shadowy right-wing cabal made up of lizard-like aliens with teeny-tiny penises. It’s kind of like Drop The Dead Donkey meets FreakyLinks. In Episode One, our anti-hero joyfully ‘outs’ one filthy homosexual after another. Just when he thinks he’s gotten away with it, he walks into the wrong Gentlemen’s Club. Hilarity ensues. In Episode Two, he buries a story because it involves one of his informants, but he secretly rats out his informant anyway. Just when he thinks he’s gotten away with it, he walks into the wrong Gentlemen’s Club. Hilarity ensues. In Episode Three….]