My interview with Bruce Sterling is on Rocketboom today. I tend to forget, that also means it's on Tivo. Cool!

UPDATE: As always, the comments are interesting whenever a correspondent's video is featured...

As someone at SXSW said, Amanda *is* the brand for Rocketboom, and a lot of geeky guys get upset when she's not there. Steve Garfield said today, "Being on Rocketboom is a blessing and a curse." I try to have thick skin, and there were a lot of good comments about the content (i.e. spimes and such). But there were lots of commenters that just couldn't fathom it, one person thought Sterling should be killed (!), and finally someone said "Two men with far too much time, or is that spime, on there hands. Not one of Rocketbooms more interesting vlogs. zzzzzzzzz "

Well, that was a good opening for me to take aim at the malcontents. Probably not a good idea, and certainly Amanda or Andrew would never do it publicly - except for this brilliant Rocketboom video where Amanda lampoons many of the most predictable commenters. Anyway, here's what I said:

I don't think i have as much time on my hands as the predictable commenters with such original thoughts as, "Those guys are weird! Bring back the pretty lady!"

Seriously. If you want sheer entertainment that stays safely within lowest common denominator expectations, shouldn't you be watching TV?

I got a rise out of one guy named Branko, who said "BTW, Chuck, if you do not like us coming here because of the pretty lady and her bubble-gum presentation, then stay at your own vlog, where you have, what?, three viewers? That'll teach us!"

Heh. I'm quite used to the entropy of open comments -- really, it's far more contentious in the political blogosphere. Good thing I don't measure my self-worth by my "viewers" - although if I did, I'd feel pretty good about myself. I hope poor Branko doesn't measure his self-worth that way, because it looks like he doesn't have much more than 3 visitors. It's all so petty, isn't it?

March 29, 2006 at 09:32 AM in Minnesota Stories, Videoblogging | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference STERLING ON ROCKETBOOM:


I saw that this morning.
You had done a great interview with him on a very interesting and prominent subject.
Keep pumping 'em out Chuck.

Posted by: Dan at Mar 29, 2006 10:17:34 AM

thanks Dan... i saw your (positive) comment on RB. :-)

Posted by: chuck at Mar 29, 2006 10:30:55 PM

If there is such a thing as a "mainstream" vlog yet, I think Rocketboom would take the crown. Not for its content, but for its popularity. That's not a bad thing, but my point is, well, you already know how the net-nerds are with their opinions.

Happy to be one of the three viewers Chuck.

Posted by: Dan at Mar 30, 2006 6:58:43 AM