Putting on a Bigger Mouth FilterShareThis
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(Note – had this sent to me. I get it, I get it, I should see the movie. Fitting clip for the above column.)
Good news for people who want my stuff posted sooner – My article submission time for PD is now two hours earlier, so my columns will run before Puck Headlines over the noon hour, east coast time. Woohoooo.
As you all know, the media landscape has changed. No longer can a columnist put on his fancy hat, drink a scotch, and hand in a column that he won’t have to defend to each and every reader. ….I’m only assuming such a time once existed.
No, today is interactive. If you hate my column, it’s pretty easy to let me know. For example, here’s a fun Wyshynski tweet from this morning. If you’re pro-PG ratings, cover your eyes:
@wyshynski Why would I have a Devils dildo? To make sex boring and overpaid? RT @iLoveJeffMorris Go get your NJ Devils dildo and stick it up your ass.
See, now there’s a unique exchange between a writer and reader that didn’t happen a decade ago.
In that example, Wyshynski is able to play it off with a light-hearted joke, because he’s funny and in a decent mood.
I however, live in constant fear of badly damaging my career with one of these interactions. I’m afraid one day I’ll snap.
As I’ve gained more followers on the twitter, I get more comments from complete buffoons. As you know, I like interacting with readers, but there’s one inarguable fact: there’s a lot idiots out there, and the internet facilitates their idiocy. Once again, thanks to those of you who comment here, and are able to agree or disagree with class.
Yesterday I almost lost it. Almost typed out a searing 140 characters of blue language aimed at a twitter follower I’d never met. And there’s the meltdown. It wasn’t even that the person sent me something so horrible, I dunno. It’s just easy when you can’t see someone to fully dismiss them.
Anyway, I had the common sense not to hit “post.” But who knows if I’ll be that smart every time. All columnists can do today is bolt on the best possible filter they can find, and make their points in their articles. The two-way mirror has become transparent glass.
I get far, far more nice daily comments than crap ones, thankfully. But like most writers do – okay, most people in general - I’ll get fourty nice comments, fixate on the shitty one, and be tempted to fire back at that one instead of thanking the others.
Online stuff blows up in a matter of minutes these days, as demonstrated by Dan Ellis’ twitter comments, and the subsequent folding of his account. I guess we all just need to be cautious with our comments online, cause it can happen quick. I’m not looking to tarnish my good name by sinking into the swamp, but man, is it a battle sometimes.
This hockey community is freaking hilarious, and sometimes I find myself getting comfortable the point where I almost write something dressing room-y. Some people like that stuff, some are sensitive to it, and I’m learning to walk that fine line. As in, when somebody sends you a “stick it up your ass” tweet like Wysh got, you just gotta let it go.
Above the fray, Bourno, above the fray. Above theahhhhhhhh fuck it!
I’m nowhere near pulling a Shooter McGavin: “Why don’t you people go back to your shanties?” or anything, I’m more just going on record for when it does happen: I saw it coming.
That’s the age we live in I guess. If/when I do verbal some follower, it’s not like I’ll be the first or last to have done it. It’s like my entry about Favre/celebs and technology. There’s a learning curve here, and I’m just going to have to accept that some people are d-bags, and some think I’m one. Should be a fun ride, don’tcha think?
Quick shout-out to the Isles for winning on the road in Toronto without a few big pieces, including Bailey who left the game with a hip injury. Anyone hear how long he’s supposed to be out for?
Have a great Tuesday!