Monday, February 23, 2009

Pulling for ya; we're all in this together

Don't criticize what you can't understand. It's always seemed like a good rule, one the sports journalists of a certain vintage would do well to follow (maybe they need Red Green, sitting his workshop: "I wanna talk to all you middle-aged hockey writers out there.")

There's no malice here, but it tickles the giggly to see, just one day after joking about how it is already passe to comment on Twitter (it's No. 24 from Stuff Journalists Like), that's David Shoalts kind of morphed into Sam the Eagle -- is nothing sacred?! -- over the fake Brian Burke on Twitter. Granted, everyone else saw the fake Burke saying stuff lines such as, "Wade Redden looks disinterested, worn down and flat out terrible against the Leafs tonight. Or, as he calls it, playoff form,' " as pretty scandalous, if scandalous is a synonym for mildly amusing.

(Update: Sean at Down Goes Brown has confessed it was him; there is more at Puck Daddy. It will all come out in the wash, or hogwash.)

Shoaltsy, though, kind of lost it:
Leaf president and general manager Brian Burke is the wounded party this time, as someone has been impersonating him on Twitter, a social-networking and mini-blogging service. Twitter allows its users to send and read short posts, functioning as a message board for those who think, for some unfathomable reason, their random thoughts need to be inflicted on others.
Shoalts has a point. People have been doing way too much of inflicting random thoughts on each other for the the one to two hundred thousand years. Please stop sharing your random thoughts, unless you're claiming Raleigh isn't a hockey market because a security guard didn't know a team's lineup off by heart:
"During the Hurricanes' morning skate on Friday, a security guard approached a man sitting in the stands. 'Excuse me, sir,' he said, 'are you with the Leafs or Hurricanes or the media?'

" 'Well,' the man said, 'I'm with Bret Hedican.'

" 'Who's he?' the guard said." - some guy, April 28, 2006
Point being, technology is only that to people who were born after it existed, different people have peculiar tastes and anyone with a room-temperature IQ could see it was not actually Brian Burke. It is passe (and pedantic putzery if ever it was) to make this point. At least Jeff Blair gets it:
"So they have me Twittering, and today we're going to start up a new blog called Unwritten Rules. We'll see how it goes. The online world is a lot of fun."


Jordie Dwyer said...

Some of us 'middle-aged hockey writers' get it...then there's many of those that work at big dailies who don't get it as much as they think they do...
And yes, I'm talking about technology...they certainly don't build typewriters or teletypes like they used to.

sager said...

It's not the not getting it, it's the coming off as judgmental and narrow ("Why would anyone like that?"). Five years ago, I would have turned up my nose at Twitter; I cringe when I hear about MSN shorthand making it into school assignments ... but I accept that what I'm with isn't it and what it's is weird and scary.

And I'm pretty loose on my defintion of middle-aged. Some people aren't middle-aged at 50; some are at 25.