LiveJournal users have been proving that the recent spate of LiveJournal murder and mayhem may be a reflection on a number of their users sanity with a post from apparent high profile Live Journaler (apparently some users of Live Journal don’t like to be called Bloggers) Danah Boyd on the Six Apart takeover. Yes, SixApart staff, the Blog Herald is 110% on your side over this one.
Among some of the more whacky quotes on this post (or whatever she calls them)
“People who use LJ talk about their LJs, not their blogs. They mock bloggers who want to be pundits, journalists, experts. In essence, they mock the culture of bloggers that use Six Apart’s tools. During interviews with LJ/Xanga folks, i’ve been told that MovableType is for people with no friends, people who just talk to be heard, people who are trying too hard…..LJers don’t read non-LJs ”
“While you cannot generalize about LJers, a vast majority of them are engaged in acts of resistance regularly (think: subcultures, activists, youth rebels, etc.)….They value LJ because it is a tool of resistance, an act of going against mainstream and representing those already marginalized by society” [editors note: VC’s, if this is true, start panicing, what have you bought :-) )
but wait, there’s more….
“Even if Six Apart doesn’t change a damn thing, i suspect that LJers will feel wary, unloved and co-opted by The Man.” [editors note: that's way to harsh to Mena]
“It takes a resistance-based culture to support a community of resisters and Six Apart is by no means a resistance-minded company”
Read the full post for more of this whacky rant.
In opposition to this, Barak Berkowitz and Mena Trott have done an audio interview with Silicon Beat (download here) where both discuss this and other issues. Look for Mena’s hesitation at about 7:30 into the file when asked directly about the whacky ranting of Danah Boyd. Mena, the best of us would balk at knowing what to say in response to this rubbish, and you recovered well.