Minor Annoyances – Legislators, Media, and Commenters, Oh My!
It’s assorted and unrelated ramblings time…
I was reading an action alert from an organization, and it said “Remember, PHONE CALLS are more effective than emails.” While this is probably true, I don’t think it should be. Each is it’s own method of communication, and I can’t think of any reason why I can’t convey my message and be received as seriously via email as via phone. I’m actually likely to be more clear in an email, given time to think and type, and I don’t personally assign any value to the medium that should indicate how strongly I feel about the message, or how seriously I’d like it to be taken. I also recently sent a message to one of my own legislators on a topic, only to receive a message back asking me to call some guy in order to share my opinion. I already said what I had to say, I promise I did.
I found (via another librarian) this commentary on the Nine worst social media fails of 2009… thus far. I’m a little fussed that for 8 of the 9 of them, the problem was attributed to company’s failure to understand their market or social media. As for the 9th – you may remember the Motrin babywearing campaign that was ill-received by its intended audience and that I wrote about here. The Motrin “fail,” however, is described by the authors not as a market understanding fail, but as a problem of “mommybloggers” being an “irrational lynch mob.” Nice.
If you’re reading in other parts of the blogosphere, you’ve been reading an awful lot about comments and participation. I sometimes really wish I had more commenters here. I know part of that is work that I need to do, like engaging more at other sites. Other than that, I don’t really know what the magic formula for good discussion is, short of, uh, my being more interesting. However, I’ve had a couple of nasty comments here lately (that I’ve “unapproved”), comments that used offensive slurs or were otherwise objectionable in a hateful way I won’t tolerate. So while I want more engaged commenters, I will not hesitate to junk any egregious comments at my discretion, and the offenders immediately go on comment moderation. Have any questions about that? Just ask me.