Re: Now that's what I call journalism!
This is totally not the direction that I wanted this to take, but who knows, maybe it's good for readership?
Pssst... Didja hear The BLM (tm) is in a pissing match with another person on the web-board?
KPaul again, or someone new?
We better check this out!
I would like to engage in an open debate about the future of Motorcycle.com as well as the future of this new medium which is embodied by Motorcycle.com.
I was, for the most part, being sarcastic in my references to money. Yes, the money is an insignificant amount. And honestly, even if the price had been double or triple what you (MO) asked for, I would probably have paid. It's a very interesting social experiment as much as a business, and I don't think I would want to miss out on it.
I think the time of the traditional print magazines (for certain niche markets, anyway, motorcycles being one) is drawing short. They have become parodies of themselves - and slaves to the hype and PR machines that run the industry. But that's another rant for another day.
That's where you (MO) come in! Easy access to the personalities featured, quicker access to content, etc. Less BS, more "reality." The best part being the interaction between the readership and the editorial staff... All good stuff. Contrary to what you may believe, I really do like Motorcycle.com, and hope that you guys to make a killing in the market. I think it advances the medium on the whole.
That said, this isn't a popularity contest. There's room enough for MO, a true alternative to the print magazines, *AND* others - like Dirk Edge at motorcycledaily.com. And let's not forget Dean Adams at amasuperbike.com!
Each of the sites has it's purpose, and fulfills it very well. The purposes range from light reading to hardcore racing news to indepth motorcycle reviews and comparisons and top-notch editorial content. I can't say that any is better or worse than the other, because all are fulfilling different needs. Apples and oranges, man!
However, it is VERY UNBECOMING to resort to attacking others.
I guess the boards here at MO are not immune to the problems of message boards across the internet. People think that the anonymity provided by the medium gives them the right to be a total *******. To an extent, that's true. But we all lose out. Communication becomes difficult, and what should be thought provoking debates and exchanges of ideas denegrate into pissing matches and jokes about mothers.
Well done in furthering that decline, Mr. Burns.