jjoyce wrote:Some of you I know and have a lot of respect for. You express yourself beautifully in other areas of life and clearly understand and convey the brightest spirit of living in Madison during this time, one way or another. So why are you allowing yourselves to be sucked into this ridiculous back-and-forth?
Criticism of the content provided by unpaid contributors to your site rings pretty hollow when you continue to defend your paper's subsidizing one of the most predictable and least creative or credible conservative bloggers I've ever encountered online.
Anyone who works the web who thinks pageviews are indicative of shit should probably be looking for a different gig. If that's the standard, I could write a script in about two minutes that would pump up Blaska's "popularity" exponentially. What would that prove exactly? That Blaska is a big hit with unthinking bots?
Actually ... yeah, that sounds about right.
Deal with it: A lot of people think your inability to cultivate a serious and thoughtful conservative voice speaks poorly of your publication's editorial efforts. If you gave a damn about your readers, you'd give more weight to that opinion than anything Blaska piddles into his keyboard.
But you're consistently dismissive of constructive criticism on this front, and then dismayed and "depressed" (Christ, get up from your desk and take a walk, JJ) when the some of those critics resort to responding to Blaska in kind. Well, mediocrity begets mediocrity. You reap what you sow.