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This OSM/Pajama Media Thing

After reading some of the reaction/responses (which are legion) to yesterday’s big rollout shindig, I’m totally confused about what they are intending to accomplish with this endeavor. I don’t think anyone, including the people in charge there, could explain to me, in a clear, concise sentence, why I should give a damn about their project. Many of the sites they’ve signed up so far as official "OSM Blogs" are places I’m already aware of; a good chunk of them are on my usual look-around list (a few are over there to the right on my Links list). Some of their crew you would have to offer me money to read.

I’ll grant Zsa Zsa’s House of Preening Asshatted Moonbats this: almost all of those folks were new to me. Sure, overall they consist of idiotic, low/no-rent (celebrity-wise) mouthbreathers and Hollywood dinner party doyennes and dilettantes suffering from BDS, but it’s not like they were already out here chugging along. Zsa Zsa’s offers me new sources of entertainment and new targets for derision…it offers me a service that wasn’t available before. (There’s only so much of the whack jobs at Kos, Atrios and DU you can wade through before it gets too rote to bother with anymore.)

Really, other than earning a few bucks (possibly mucho; that $3.5 mill they raised is going somewhere, right? And this operation doesn’t seem to have much in the way of operational overhead) for the folks at the top of their foodchain, and the "deemed worthy" sites they send traffic (read: ad impressions, which, it should be noted, most webheads BLOCK! as a matter of course when they’re surfing about) by providing the linkage, what is the bloody point of this, other than creating an income stream for their benighted major-domos and the Chosen Ones? Which, based on the nightmare structure the site employs, with that annoying to all Hell "more" button that breaks up content while amping up the impressions of their ads–a tactic that makes me shun many news sites that employ the same gimmick–just gives me another reason to pass on this whole thing as a waste of my time.

In a way, OSM reminds me of Zsa Zsa’s asylum, except OSM is more an "approved" blogroll with a newsfeed than a "dumb elitist snobs" group blog with a newsfeed. Both sites pretty much are doing the same thing: featuring what they deem are the "important" postings about the topic du jour, from among each’s stable of pundits, as determined by each organization’s chosen gatekeepers.

So, again, what the hell are they offering that I can’t already access? The site’s Editorial Board’s alleged acumen about what’s worthy of my eyeball time? Go fuck yourselves! If I wanted that tired old bullshit I’ll watch the evening news and read the local fishwraps!

If someone tells me that the Chosen Ones are going to be posting certain things "exclusively" to OSM, so I should check the joint out on a regular basis, my answer would be, "Yeah? Well, if they start pulling that shit, those bloggers who go along with that kind of crap can go fuck themselves, because then they ain’t bloggers anymore in my book; they’re just hired guns looking to make money for Massa."

Back in June I hacked out a thing called "The Walls of Jericho." It was a rant I launched into after getting fed up with seeing various bloggers on cable news channels playing the Talking Head game:

It’s every time I see someone like one of those Powerline guys smiling at me from my TV that I’m ready to go Elvis on the screen…. It tells me you fools are trying to play by their rules. I want their rules nuked like the moon.

Don’t think for a moment you can educate them to “the new way.” They’ll turn on you in a heartbeat. There’s no fixing them; there’s only becoming them. They gotta be burned to the ground and rebuilt if you want to make something better. They need to hear that finishing shout. It’s gotta ring in their goddamn ears.

Now, as far as I can tell, OSM is about a "new way" of delivering content that will eschew the tired, lame-assed bullshit foisted on the public by Old Media outlets like CNN, ABC, The (disgraced) Old Gray Lady and their ilk. Well, that’s bullshit, if it means a worthwhile piece written by Rusty, Goldstein or Malkin will only be available on the OSM site. That would mean the New Media is just aping Old Media while using new methods of distribution and revenue generation.

The final thing that makes me believe this outfit is no different than the Old Media outfits was the way they launched their ship: The Rainbow Room, high atop 30 Rock, home of NBC. With the first speaker that clueless, stuck-up bitch Elizabeth Hayt, and then ex-NY Times writer Judy Miller. Why didn’t you bloody well invite Bob Wright and Bill Keller while you were at it? Good thing OSM can write it off as a business expense so that $3.5 million nut they’re sitting on doesn’t get dented from this self-serving ego trip.

UPDATE: James Joyner at Outside the Beltway points out this little nugget OSM has tucked into their copyright notice:

3. You may not reproduce, distribute, copy, publish, enter into any database, display, modify, create derivative works, transmit, or in any way exploit any part of this site. The only exceptions to this are that you may download material from Our Site for your own personal use, provided such download is limited to making one machine readable copy and/or one print copy that limited to occasional articles of personal interest only. No other use of the content of Our Site is permitted. Please contact our Sales Department if you wish to have rights other than those stated above.

Granted, I’m no lawyer, but the way I read that it says I can’t use anything from any of their pieces, like if I wanted to use an excerpt of something they posted–a typical blogging practice–in a post I put up here. Like I just did.

Hey, scumbags? Fuck you! SUE ME.
“Open Source” my ass.

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