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Saturday, June 25, 2005

The problem with blogging or rather bloggers

I am new to the blogging phenomenon. And the SCR is nowhere near the
upper echelon of the hip-hop blogosphere. And I don't have the
commitment or the qualoty of say Ian @ Different Kitchen, my man Joey @
Straight Bangin or Jay Smooth at Hip Hop Music. But when I do have is
some knowledge and credibility.

With this age of blogging comes the amateur journalist. Their realism is
what we celebrate.

Coincedentally, I personally think that bloggong along with the concept
of netflix, digital music services and internet porn (yeah I said it)
exemplify the brilliance and freedom of the information age.

What else comes is the uninformed, opiniated, pseudo-expert. With the
open ended access of the net it is impossible to institute intellectual
and professional barriers. While you get brilliant, insightful amateur
journalists you also get the 'haters.'

Cats who just want to throw stones and tear down people's
accomplishments. (Very much like Stephen A, Smith. Sorry just had to
slip that in there.) These are not critics because they lack the
ability, knowledge, and desire to offer constructive criticism.

This is a pandemic in Hip-Hop. Because the music and culture is so close
to the people we feel a strong sense of ownership. This sense of
ownership quickly leads to arrogance. That arrogance is manifested on
message boards and blogs where amateurs attack professionals.

While I feel the people and the fans are the most important part of
their culture I do think there needs to be ahigher level of respect for
those who make their living moving the culture forward.

I love basketball, play it, and follow it but I am simply not qualified
to debate Larry Brown. Dialogue, yes. Debate, no.

A lot these kids read allhiphop, watch BET and then want to straight up
challenge label heads and artists. It's like watching Court TV all day
and then debating Robert Morgenthau. Just silly.

Enough rambling. Enjoy the weekend.
Go Rhinos

4 Comments:

Blogger Hashim said...

"That arrogance is manifested on
message boards and blogs where amateurs attack professionals."

I kinda agree with the disrespect part, but this quote here is off. Maybe not with coaching basketball, but with music critisim there's about a thread's worth of differenc between amateurs and pros.

"I do think there needs to be ahigher level of respect for
those who make their living moving the culture forward."

How should this respect manifest itself? In not disagreeing with a pro if you're not one yourself?

June 26, 2005 6:49 PM

 
Blogger Swifty said...

A thin line between amateurs and pros? Interesting. I would love to hear your thoughts on what that line is.

Which do you consider yourself. amateur or pro? That is do you make all or part of your living working in/for hip-hop?

I think disagreement is great. I would never want someone to silence their opinion. Dialogue is the key to enlightenment.

I think you can show respect in numerous ways.

Disagreement is not equal to disrespect.

I don't want to ramble on before I hear your response to my 1st question.

Thanks for checking out the blog.

-wes

June 26, 2005 9:17 PM

 
Blogger Hashim said...

Wes, with "thin line" I mean that often amatuers can give you the inside look at music that pros will not know or understand.

I guess right now I'm a pro, since all of my money comes from the industry 9since 5 months ago). However, I'm holding on to my self0title as a professional amatuer.

June 27, 2005 10:13 PM

 
Anonymous k. orr said...

It's the nature of the beast. ...*cues up public enemy* "Back in my Day....a hip hop head had to be able to show and prove. They couldn't just say some corny bs with flowerly language, and then just expect to get props.

A lot of these bloggers are either 1) academics who don't throw parties/don't go to clubs and interact with rank and file hip hop heads, or 2) they're industry types that live in a certain bubble where they're at the bottom of ladder with people's timbs in their faces trying to go up.

You would think with that kind of access to information - you'd constantly read some real ground breaking ideas about hip hop music. But most of the time, these cats don't talk about hip hop, they use hip hop as a backdrop to discuss "broad social politics", or as a soapbox to talk about the "industry".

It's pretty pathetic.

July 24, 2005 2:07 AM

 

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