Wednesday, February 15, 2006

There's a Hierarchy In the Blog World and it reflects Capitalism!!!

I mean really is there someone (besides my mother) who is surprised by this week's New York Magazine article on blogs? There was no mention on the role of women in the blog world and forget about people of color in the blog world. ::yawn:: Tell me something I didn't know: the blog world continues to be a reflection of the real world with those in power at the top (you can define power here by language, race, class) and everyone else at the margins struggling.


Blogger Homofictus said...

Bloggers of color just don't come up w/ blog ideas that will appeal to a mainstream audience. If a black guy or a "mami" of fourteen different colors with seven babies of forty-nine different colors had come up with the idea of engadget, she'd be making the dough that dude is making. Color blogs are too much about color and not enough about Paris Hilton. Of course they aren't going to make real dough. (Hello? Who makes more look? A reporter at the newsworthy newspaper or the National Enquierer?)

Take a look at your blog, while a low success in the list of D blogs with close to 90 page views a day, it will never be more than that unless you try to appeal to a more mainstream audience. I mean, your readers are 25% exes who you had to write about, 47% angry mamis of color, 9% random readers on Blogger, and 19% people who are genuinely interested in mami color blog art crap. None of those readers have any real power. Your readers come back because people are natural voyeurs, and would rather read something familiar than something they don'y know about. But are you getting ten thousand hits a day?

Buy a website, host your own shit,, which is more appealing that, or, or some thing like that, do like Stephanie Klein, write "saucy" not just saucy to your exes and your angry mami friends--who really, just want to live vicariously through you, but generally saucy. Do it up.

Or you can always just post random pictures of body parts like that blog "the s-spot."

Business plans. Business plans. Business plans.

2/15/2006 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Ms.Maegan said...

The problem with what you are saying is that of what is defined as mainstream. People of color consume mass culture because it is labeled as the norm, because we are expected to give a shit a Paris Hilton and the Olsen twins who run around in their sweatshop made garments and well not much else. It's not that I want to make $$$$$ like the Engadget guy. I'm happy for him but my goal isn't to get rich. Not via this blog, the other sites I write for,or the other projects I am working on. If that makes me out of the mainstream then well damn fuck the mainstream . I mean you hit the nail on the head when you talk about real power. Blogging for me is not just about the blog world, it's about the real world that I, we have to live in.

2/15/2006 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger shannon said...

I agree, la mala. Why are we expected to care about stuff that has no connection with our lives like Paris Hilton, while the 'mainstream'(read:white folks) ignores important issues like prison justice and education equality?

2/15/2006 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger rabfish said...

thank you, that's right! real world, versus making cash. anyone who thinks mass culture is just about a numbers game--aka that's what most people want--isn't seeing how power gets enacted through the culture industry--produce mindless crap that normalizes a crappy world. and what the heck is 'saucy'? body parts? uh, i find analysis about 'color' 'saucier' than posting pics of colored body parts. sauces feed people differently, depending on the depth of the hunger.

2/15/2006 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger brownfemipower said...

like angry mami's are bad or something. and like angry mami's don't have the right to have their voices heard, or a community that supports them. and like mala has ever moaned and groaned that she needs to make money on her blog. And like paris hilton or random body parts are more important than depression, lonliness, and community.

and i agree with shannon, if mainstream (white folks) would give a damn about real issues instead of paris hiltons sex life and making money, maybe things wouldn't be as bad as they are...

2/16/2006 12:06:00 AM  
Blogger fiercelyfab said...

I just think it is very interesting that he takes a piece (blog content/comments) of someone's blog life dismissing the complexity of the individual--and lump her to "angry mami." Besides there are about half of the commenters here that aren't mamis.

It would be the same as if I were to take this single post and call him a chauvinist jerk. But I am not, because I know he is a lot more complex than what he chooses to share on his blog and on comments. It is just very interesting how many women automatically get lumped to "angry" or "crazy" by glimpses they share of their lives. It says more about the individual labeling and name calling--trying to put folks in a box which is not substantiated since he doesn't really know us in real life.

2/16/2006 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger Sta K said...

Why don't people remember that any medium will be a reflection of real life. If women of color are not represented on the new york times article or if they don't equate to power in the gospel acording to homofictus - its because women of color don't get any respect anywhere. We find a place where we can come together and voice our opinions amongst ourselves, and we hope that our collective voice will be heard. por supuesto que eso doesn't translate into the kind of mass (white folk) appeal held by Paris Hilton !!!

2/18/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Latino Pundit said...

Homofictus is sort of right. Without bringin up the chauvinist and cultural crap in his comment - some blogs are just not designed to catch mass appeal - no matter how bad massculture is inclusive of BS or not.

But there is one problem with the notion of going after massappeal as he/she brings up (i assume a he). And the comments here are right on the money of the problems of 'Mass culture."

Minority blogs are just the tip of the ice berg now. More minorities (so called) are logging on and more minority "things" (univision, telemundo, soft tacos...) are becoming "Mass." We just need to tap into "our" mass culture a little better and not wait around for acceptance.

2/18/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah! This must be that reverse-racism I'm always hearing about on FOX !! Everyone thinks that we loooove Paris Hilton just because of our skin color !! Help ! Help ! I'm bein' oppressed !!{pout) --alsis39.5

P.S.-- Looking forward to the next RWC carnival;I'm certainly learning a lot from the first one...

2/22/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ms.Maegan said...

Yeah I can't wait to see what people write up for the 2nd RWC carnival too!!!

2/22/2006 08:01:00 PM  

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