Seaward is one of many who have crafted a superb response to the actions that all of us bloggers witnessed on Costas Now. I do have to question the Seaward’s accuracy though. I graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Political Science. That aside, I was proud that I was able to wake up this morning and read on our site such a profound and well written take on what occurred last night.
I’m going to assume all of you that are reading this are aware or at least have been made aware of the Bissinger vs. Leitch one sided slugfest, so I will not bother to go into as great of detail as The Seaward did, I would just like to present my angle that I have yet to see represented in the blog world.
Comedian Chris Rock has a bit that he does that I just couldn’t stop thinking about today as it relates to this whole fiasco, and I think it does a great job of describing why Bissinger is so mad. The idea that any member of the media that doesn’t meet a certain standard can’t blog, or doesn’t have the right to have their opinions published is the nexus of all of the arguments that Bissinger personified last night. The people that yell the most about blogs are those in the established mediums. But why do they care? I’ll tell you why. Because they perceive that all bloggers don’t hold themselves to any sort of standard whatsoever.
This blog and the ones that I have contributed to in the past have had one purpose: take a stand, inform, and be funny (in that order). We don’t write our blog like Kissing Suzy Kolber writes theirs because we are disgusted at what they write, just the opposite. I see what is on that site every day and think to myself, “there’s no way I could ever be that funny in my entire life.” KSK holds themselves to one of the highest hilarity standards that exists. Different bloggers, different sets of priorities, all with standards. To simply stick with the dichotomy that all blogs are bad because the people that write them are not “established”, and that all other media that exists is acceptable because the people that are writing it are respected is the idea that WILL dumb-down sports media in the future.
Here’s where Chris Rock comes into play. He explains that certain things are all right, because they are all white:
Alcohol! Tastes great, I love it, you love it, we all love it. KILLS [people] every single day. Some of y’all won’t even make it home tonight ’cause of alcohol. You’ll be like “Oh that Chris Rock sure is funny, Oh! [Crap]!” But it’s alright cause it’s all white. Cigarettes! Cigarettes the most dangerous product known to man. Kills [people] every single day. Cigarettes so dangerous it kills [people] that don’t smoke. That’s how dangerous cigarettes are. Thats right, first hand smoke, second hand smoke. People talking out of their necks into a machine like “Hey whats up man, I love cigarettes this [stuff] is kool.” But it’s alright cause it’s all white. Could you imagine if the Phillip Morris family was a bunch of jheri-curled [african-americans] from Mississippi? Do you know how illegal a pack of cigarettes would be. You would get sixty years just for a pack of Newports. But it’s alright cause it’s all white.
Now, here is that same paragraph with the words in bold replacing Rock’s words.
Books/newspaper articles about sports! , I love it, you love it, we all love it. Misinforms [people] every single day. Some of y’all won’t even know that what you read was wrong because you’re trained not to question it. You’ll be like “Oh that Mitch Albom sure is a good writer, Oh! [Crap]!” But it’s alright cause it’s mainstream media. ESPN! ESPN’s the most dangerous product known to man. Makes mistakes every single day. ESPN’s so dangerous it makes people reach out for new media every single day. Thats how dangerous ESPN is. That’s right, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN NEWS, ESPN Radio, etc. People talking about why they can’t just watch a clean, highlight-filled episode of Sports Center without seeing “gasbags on parade” anymore. But it’s alright cause it’s mainstream media. Could you imagine if the ESPN family of networks was a bunch of bloggers? Do you know how many people might start watching ESPN again? You would finally have people that hold athletes accountable, among other things. But it’s alright cause it’s mainstream media.
I love ESPN, I watch it every day, I also read something from Mitch Albom’s paper every day, I have nothing against either one; they make their mistakes just like everyone else. But those people (like Bissinger) who think that one thing is good because it’s always been around and another is bad because it’s new, and resign themselves to that fact without gathering any information is just the highest form of ignorance.