Posted by Brian Connolly Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Pander: To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others in order to exploit their weaknesses.
One of the greatest weaknesses of the Web 2 "revolution" is just how much the online "community" subtly, passively, fosters pandering. It's awful. You want Rubel-Scoble-Penelope-Trunk-like numbers, do as they do: tell your audience what they want to hear. Tell 'em they're smart, influential, talented, whatever. Further, throw a little "link love" their way. God, it's just sickening. Worse yet, most offenders don't even realize they're doing it. It's the culture.
With that in mind, regrettably I'm gonna call a friend to task here. I really like Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications. That's why I am so incredibly disappointed by a recent video of his on MyRaganTV. "Banned from the Blogosphere" does absolutely nothing but pander to the junior-most levels of the PR business.
Anyway, Mark asked that I comment on MyRagan. But for what? For an audience that's comforted by pandering?! Forget it. The ear for challenge, if there is one, is right here.
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