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Author Experiences the Internets Mass Effect First Hand

The Cult of Perfection: Making Peace with Your Inner OverachieverWhat happens when an author goes on national television and criticizes a computer game she has never seen let alone played?

In the past what would have happened is, well, very little.

Today of course is the age of the internet mob. Rather than chants, torches and pitch forks, the modern mob member uses Digg as the tool of choice. In this case the target was the hapless authors Amazon reviews.

As you can imagine, she soon retracted her statements. Can you blame her? I read over at kotaku this quote:

since the controversy over her remarks erupted she had watched someone play the game for about two and a half hours. “I recognize that I misspoke,” she said. “I really regret saying that, and now that I’ve seen the game and seen the sex scenes it’s kind of a joke.”Before the show I had asked somebody about what they had heard, and they had said it’s like pornography,” she added. “But it’s not like pornography. I’ve seen episodes of ‘Lost’ that are more sexually explicit.”

I think she should actually feel lucky that the gamers took out their anger on her Amazon pages rather than the blogosphere. As of today there are still some favorable pages in here Google search results.

So what is the lesson here? I guess if you ever get put in the position to comment on something, make sure it is something you actually know about and that you really believe what you are saying. It seems Fox has done very little to help her even though they should take a lot of the blame for what happened. When the proverbial happens don’t expect anyone to stand with you for very long.

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  1. I don’t agree with what she said, since she was obviously stating opinions about something she didn’t actually witness.

    I think it’s pretty ironic that the Amazon posters are doing the same thing with her book, since they haven’t read it.

  2. I don’t agree with what she said, since she was obviously stating opinions about something she didn’t actually witness.

    I think it’s pretty ironic that the Amazon posters are doing the same thing with her book, since they haven’t read it.

  3. It is ironic isn’t it? The concern I have about it is what happens when such a mob effect happens based on a mis-quote or bad editing? Will this kind of thing go out of fashion or become more prevalent. Interesting times indeed.

  4. It is ironic isn’t it? The concern I have about it is what happens when such a mob effect happens based on a mis-quote or bad editing? Will this kind of thing go out of fashion or become more prevalent. Interesting times indeed.

  5. People say that ignorance is bliss but once you force your ignorance on the masses it becomes one of the biggest problems you’ll ever have to deal with.

  6. People say that ignorance is bliss but once you force your ignorance on the masses it becomes one of the biggest problems you’ll ever have to deal with.

  7. Interesting. Target is in the midst of a similar problem with a blogger they alienated.

    The mob can be brutal. It seems to me that the answer to her problem is to create profiles on other social networking sites or perhaps a series of blog posts that have more google juice and try to push those negative google results down.

    I wonder what she can do about the Amazon backlash. Hope that she can do a lot of business on Barnes & Noble online. She could write an honest review herself or perhaps post positive snippets from those who like the book.

    Alternatively, this is press for her–positive or negative. We wouldn’t be talking about her–had it not been for the backlash.

  8. Interesting. Target is in the midst of a similar problem with a blogger they alienated.

    The mob can be brutal. It seems to me that the answer to her problem is to create profiles on other social networking sites or perhaps a series of blog posts that have more google juice and try to push those negative google results down.

    I wonder what she can do about the Amazon backlash. Hope that she can do a lot of business on Barnes & Noble online. She could write an honest review herself or perhaps post positive snippets from those who like the book.

    Alternatively, this is press for her–positive or negative. We wouldn’t be talking about her–had it not been for the backlash.

  9. What??? We have to read every book and article we want to comment on? We have to research and understand issues before we speak about them?

    If this rule is forced upon all bloggers it will get very quiet. I think the point of an author of a book needing to have researched the subject is valid. Still, thousands of books are out there where th author has clearly not done their homework.

    I think bloggers need to be separated into 2 (or more) classes. The group that just spouts opinion, the original blog format as I understand it, should not be held to this standard. They did not set out to be authorities, just to state how they felt or believed. The “Authoritative” writer, who wishes to use a blog format to demonstrate experience or know-how needs to be held to this standard. Perhaps there should be a different name for each. Of course there are shades of gray between both camps.

    NOTE: No research was done to form this opinion. I am therefore, in this instance, a blogger not an expert. This was blogged not authored. 🙂

  10. What??? We have to read every book and article we want to comment on? We have to research and understand issues before we speak about them?

    If this rule is forced upon all bloggers it will get very quiet. I think the point of an author of a book needing to have researched the subject is valid. Still, thousands of books are out there where th author has clearly not done their homework.

    I think bloggers need to be separated into 2 (or more) classes. The group that just spouts opinion, the original blog format as I understand it, should not be held to this standard. They did not set out to be authorities, just to state how they felt or believed. The “Authoritative” writer, who wishes to use a blog format to demonstrate experience or know-how needs to be held to this standard. Perhaps there should be a different name for each. Of course there are shades of gray between both camps.

    NOTE: No research was done to form this opinion. I am therefore, in this instance, a blogger not an expert. This was blogged not authored. 🙂

  11. Second Lesson:You gotta Fact-Check nearly everything said on MSM today.

    It’s not news. It’s look-good, smell-good,talking heads spouting opinions.Rescue from Fox? Nope. Anything for ratings to suck in more ad dollars.

    What’s amazing to me is that people like Cooper Lawrence get the TV exposure platform, say anything without it having an ounce of truth, and then wonder why there’s online blowback.

    Cooper… The truth will set you free. Career tip: Make sure you hire a good publicist to help schlep your books.

    Yes Chris, it is interesting.

    MSM controls feeding us information that is packaged as truth.Hey,a published author said it, so it must be true!

    Online, we’re free to collaborate and reveal the truth.
    Suddenly the Mob realizes they have power and a voice not available from MSM. Human nature is capable of some nasty stuff in the safety of the Mob.

  12. Second Lesson:You gotta Fact-Check nearly everything said on MSM today.

    It’s not news. It’s look-good, smell-good,talking heads spouting opinions.Rescue from Fox? Nope. Anything for ratings to suck in more ad dollars.

    What’s amazing to me is that people like Cooper Lawrence get the TV exposure platform, say anything without it having an ounce of truth, and then wonder why there’s online blowback.

    Cooper… The truth will set you free. Career tip: Make sure you hire a good publicist to help schlep your books.

    Yes Chris, it is interesting.

    MSM controls feeding us information that is packaged as truth.Hey,a published author said it, so it must be true!

    Online, we’re free to collaborate and reveal the truth.
    Suddenly the Mob realizes they have power and a voice not available from MSM. Human nature is capable of some nasty stuff in the safety of the Mob.

  13. I don’t quite get how anyone even *thinks* they have an opinion about something they haven’t seen. Doesn’t anyone else get that little, “uh, gee, maybe I should keep my mouth shut” twinge?

    OK, dumb question. 🙂

  14. I don’t quite get how anyone even *thinks* they have an opinion about something they haven’t seen. Doesn’t anyone else get that little, “uh, gee, maybe I should keep my mouth shut” twinge?

    OK, dumb question. 🙂

  15. Any excuse to start a witchhunt against the gaming industry. In Europe we play the same games, sometimes even worse (Manhunt) and we don’t have shootings in mall, schools or churches.

    The US have a lot of other concern they should worry more about than computer games.

    How many children grow up knowing it’s ok to possess a weapon? Maybe see their father use one? See weapons or ammo in Walmart?

  16. Any excuse to start a witchhunt against the gaming industry. In Europe we play the same games, sometimes even worse (Manhunt) and we don’t have shootings in mall, schools or churches.

    The US have a lot of other concern they should worry more about than computer games.

    How many children grow up knowing it’s ok to possess a weapon? Maybe see their father use one? See weapons or ammo in Walmart?

  17. As a gamer and a firm believer in “checking yourself before you open your mouth” I have to say I applaud the backlash that she’s been nailed with.
    I’m getting somewhat tired of people who haven’t the slightest clue what they’re talking about trying to use video games as a scapegoat to say something controversial and get themselves media attention.
    Although, this particular person was so far off base that even Jack Thompson, crusader against the plague that is video games, said that she “had no idea what the Hell he was talking about…”

  18. As a gamer and a firm believer in “checking yourself before you open your mouth” I have to say I applaud the backlash that she’s been nailed with.
    I’m getting somewhat tired of people who haven’t the slightest clue what they’re talking about trying to use video games as a scapegoat to say something controversial and get themselves media attention.
    Although, this particular person was so far off base that even Jack Thompson, crusader against the plague that is video games, said that she “had no idea what the Hell he was talking about…”

  19. Why is FOX responsible for what she said?

  20. Why is FOX responsible for what she said?