Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I like Michael Arrington

Yeah, I haven't been writing on here for nearly forever. We'll get back to that later.

In the meantime, I saw this post by Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, and since the comments are closed, I thought I'd get my say right here.

It really made me sad. People talk about a decline in civility, and we've seen it in politics. I've seen a few comments about my work that have made me lose a few nights sleep, and I don't flatter myself that I have anything near the reach that Michael has. But even so, it's amazing, in a very bad way, that these kinds of things can happen.

I just want to say, I love TechCrunch. I try to model certain elements of our business after TechCrunch's model, and I firmly agree with several of the trends that Michael and his colleagues have written about - particularly as they pertain to my own content business.

It's so very hard to put up the good fight and defend what you believe in when it's your family at stake. I can't bring myself to say "don't let them win!" when I don't know that I could put my own family at risk for the same thing. As Michael says in his post, it's just a writer expressing an opinion. About technology, for heaven's sake, not life and death.

Chill, people!

And Michael, you've never met me, probably never will. But heartfelt wishes. I really admire what you've done. Keep in mind, for every negative comment or person out there, there are 10 positives that never made the effort to show it. I've definitely been one of those.