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November 18, 2009


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Nice response. Power dynamics do factor into it, but it's also...I don't question the motives of people I like, but I think about them. People I don't like, either in positions of power or not, though? Yeah, all the time. Maybe it's just me. But I feel like that's part of it. I just read a piece on Lawyers, Guns and Money (http://lefarkins.blogspot.com/2009/11/sportswriters-descend-to-level-of.html) about the current vogue for mindreading in politics and sportswriting and that's close to how I'm feeling about it all right now: there's so much mind-reading, tea-leaf-divining and so much of it comes down on the cynical end of things. Within small tight circles, there is love and support, but I wonder how much of that support is based on withholding it from someone else.


Yeah, the powers-that-be kind of just have to suck it up in most cases, but I too think I'm pretty supportive of my peers. I mean, unless they get something I wanted or find sudden success or something. Then, now matter how happy I am for them, it's hard not to be a little jealous too. I mean, I'm not made of wood here.

I guess my only point is that the industry is unfair and there are precious few opportunities. How can people be expected to act purely in good faith?


In a way, it's a chicken and egg thing: how do we make the industry more fair when we're all so distrustful that we don't really treat each other fairly? If you're the O'Neill and you think that your admissions process is open and fair, but people who have been rejected constantly act as though it's not, at what point do you throw in the towel and say, "Screw it, we're just going to do whatever we want." Which then makes it unfair and leads to more distrust.

To quote one of our great thinkers of the 20th Century: Jane, get me off this crazy thing.


@99 Touche. You're totally right.


A meandering, non-direct response. Basically, the blogs are different than reporting, and when you get to the point where you're running a marketing scheme or writing a press release, you really aren't doing the same thing as a blog does.


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