Glenn Reynolds realizes he’s undervalued. Well, yeah. Based on News Corp.’s $580 million purchase of MySpace with its 17.7 million visitors per month, his visitors – about a quarter of that – would make him worth $145 million … and he’s hiring a banker.
Hell, that’d make li’l old Buzzmachine worth a few mil, even.
But seriously… I had complained that Glenn undervalues himself with his ad rates (though they are coming up now).
But the real problem is that we’re all undervaluing out little medium. The big, dumb money comes along (mind you, these were the folks who tried to shove $400 mil down Pointcast’s throat and those sods were stupid enough to cough it back up) they have no way to spend it. We make it difficult.
Then again, Maddox has posted an interesting list of buzzwords he cant’s stand and some sacred ones are listed:
Blog: The word “blog” is literally shorthand for “boring;” a vulgar, overused word that strikes your ear with the dull thud of a cudgel to the soft spot of a child. It’s an abbreviation used by journalism drop outs to give legitimacy to their shallow opinions and amateur photography that seems to be permanently stuck in first draft hell. Looking in the archives of the blogs, one would expect someone who has been at it for years to slowly hone their craft and improve their writing and photographs, since it’s usually safe to assume that if someone does something long enough, he or she will eventually not suck at it. Even with lowered expectations, you’ll get a shotgun blast of disappointment in your face.
…If the thousands of mid-sentence links don’t annoy you, the long slender columns of text will. Most of the screen on a blog is blank for an imaginary populace of readers still using 640×480 resolution. I didn’t buy a 19″ monitor to have 50% of its screen realestate pissed away on firing white pixels, you assholes. They don’t print books on receipt paper for a reason. Every time I see this layout, I want to choke the creator with my dry, crackled, and bleeding hands for making my fingers so calloused from having to keep scrolling the mouse wheel to read your dumb “blog.”
Podcast: Someone had the revolutionary idea of taking a compressed audio file and putting it online. Yeah, doesn’t sound so sexy when I describe it for what it is, does it you morons? It would have been a great idea if streaming audio wasn’t already around for over a decade before the word “podcast” entered the lexicon. Man, I can’t stand the word “lexicon.” Talking about all these shitty words has made me start using shitty words. I’m so pissed, I just slammed the door shut on some kid’s nuts.
Podcasting: It’s snob for “streaming audio.”
Podcatcher: Any idiot with an iPod, web browser, or ears.
Warblog: A blog that primarily deals with war. Filled with whiny blow hards who are fixated on their stubborn ideas and conspiracy theories. For example, there are countless hours pissed away by conspiracy theorists who think the WTC towers were demolished by bombs planted by the government. These armchair engineers write endlessly about how the physics of the collapse was impossible, how the temperature wasn’t hot enough to melt steel, and how the planes were carrying missiles. Of course, the one thing they don’t postulate is a REASON.
My personal favorite warblog was one that had a flash animation with people who were quoted as saying “it didn’t sound like a plane to me… it sounded like a missile.” Thank you Joe Nobody for giving me your expert opinion on what missile sounds like, because gas station superintendents are usually the best people to ask about the sonic signature of ballistic missile thrust.
Warblogger: Like all other bloggers, an idiot. Usually a self-righteous prick with a political axe to grind. Tragically, these dullards fail to realize that nobody cares what they think. And no, the 2 comments per post you get on average doesn’t count. Get some real opinions, then maybe you’ll get some real feedback.
Xanga: The bottom of the barrel of blogs. It’s incredible that the user base is able to write so much, yet say so little. I have to give a bit of kudos though, considering the fact that many of the users have the reading comprehension of a bowl full of pubes.
LiveJournal: Here’s a little trick you can use to find out whether a link someone sends you is worth checking. If it contains the words “live, journal,” or any combination thereof, you can safely ignore the link without missing out on anything.
Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself, ya got a problem.