Being someone who works in and around the Internet is fascinating. You get to ‘meet’ some of the smartest, funniest and engaging people on the planet. Check this Tweet from Christine Cavalier aka PurpleCar:
off to playgroup. Have to bring an extra sweater – this woman keeps her house chilly! We’re a bunch of hot suburban MILFS I guess…
Snippets like these make me smile and I’m a firm believer in humour at work. But it wasn’t until I read this from Deus Ex Malcontent, an ex-CNN producer that I was reminded of the real reason for getting out of bed:
CNN fired me, and did it without even a thought to the power that I might wield as an average person with a brain, a computer, and an audience. The mainstream media doesn’t believe that new media can embarrass them, hurt them or generally hold them accountable in any way, and they’ve never been more wrong.
My terribly ‘British’ friend Neville Hobson described it as ‘fascinating.’ For me it is plain frickin’ brilliant. It’s why I enjoy reading Richard Murphy’s stuff, agonize over what Hugh MacLeod is thinking, watch as the Big Four get black eyes from Francine McKenna and riff on what I found here.
My buy side friend Vinnie Mirchandani likes to remind me that as a group, the Irregulars are nowhere near hard enough on the mainstream tech vendors. We call them GISMO – Google, IBM, SAP, Microsoft and Oracle. In some cases it’s difficult to get past the PR wall. That leaves us guessing or second guessing about what’s really happening. In other cases it’s not as difficult.
Collectively and with others we bump into over the interwebs, we’re making a difference. It may not seem perceptible to many people but I know it to be true. You only need know about the blogger outreach programme at SAP for instance to realise that some vendors do ‘get it’ when it comes to dealing with us malcontents even though ‘it’ might be hard to implement internally. Such programmes are great news but they don’t make us any softer or less objective.
Deus Ex Malcontent closes with:
Awhile back I was watching a great documentary on the birth of the punk scene, it closed with former Black Flag frontman and current TV host Henry Rollins saying these words: “All it takes is one person to stand up and say ‘fsck this.’”
I truly hope so, because I’m finally doing just that.
It’s a good place to be.