The Go Fund Me Access To Bloggers Mess?
Clevenger & Witt, for the news you don’t want to hear. And there are plenty of readers who don’t want to hear this. Let me start off by saying that no finer aspiration compels human behavior like being paid to do something they love. For a whole 18 months after I became a 3 handicapper I dreamt night and day of going on the PGA tour and living the dream of my lifetime. After 18 months of being dragged up and down tough golf courses, shucking out bucks I couldn’t afford for travel, entry fees, and access to practice ranges so that I might hit two or three hundred balls a day, I gave up. That’s because I didn’t have what is needed to support my dream inside me. Like the young boy in the movie “A Christmas Story” whose deepest wish was for the magical talisman of transformation (“old blue”, the red rider bb gun he nearly shot out his eye with), I had the dream, without the means. So, I am not opposing those who want to go out into life, break the surly bonds of modern reality of life in America, and soar into the commercial where the people look so happy watching the sunset from their separate bathtubs. And least of all am I critical of those who want to fly there on a talent such as writing.
I truly love to write. I’m pretty sure that the reason for this is that I get to teach when I write, only I get to do so my way. So that’s what I’m doing now. Teaching, I mean, and today’s lesson is an extension of one recently taught, so it should be relatively easy to understand.
If you will remember, The Butcher and I did a bit of investigative writing on the subject of what happened to the Tea Party. Well…it was really writing that was based on other articles documenting the fact that super pacs claiming to represent the interests of publicly Tea Party candidates, then pocketed all but a few thousand of tens of millions of dollars, putting a pittance into supporting those candidates, usually by paying a few bloggers of questionable worth to write articles for the same publications that they were advertising through. Still, the articles we wrote were the first to appear in publications frequented by Tea Party members (or ex-members), and were widely plagiarized within days. We don’t mind plagiarism of our work, by the way. Imitation really is the most sincere form of compliment, and it helped to form a sense of informed community.
Hey, what’s new? Glad you asked! Go Fund Me, a truly useful and powerful tool for good, is creating a terrible mess in the online social media blogosphere. I’ll skip the usual folderol and get right to it. The Butcher and I are writing this book called “The List” right? And during the initial investigative phase, we found a direct correlation between Go Fund Me money, as well as other donations and shockingly immoral uses of the money. Now, I know that when I give a homeless guy a few dollars, there’s a pretty good chance he’s going to be getting high soon. We all take that risk when we give money away. In some cases, say a Go Fund Me account for a child who has some terrible illness, not so much.
What I’m saying is this. Yeah, I’m a liberal. And, not that I received such a warm welcome from them, I am working as hard as my job will permit me to reconstruct that great vehicle. America needs it. Without it Donald Trump would still be a reality show host. But I’m doing it under a much smaller umbrella than I would have been since the breakup of the party, and now even that is threatened.
What we have uncovered, and continue to uncover is, at best, dissension created by bloggers attacking each other with rumors and lies, and at worst, outright character assassination of bloggers whose only crime is that they have a few donors in their reader/viewership that another blogger wants. It’s like baseball. It used to be a game, but now it’s all about the money.
I hope that if this article has not informed you, it has at least made you think. You may be sure of more writing on this subject, as well as discussion. Be sure to catch my video on Clevenger Witt tomorrow; it won’t be live, so you can view it on that page whenever you like. I’m quite sure Billy will have words on his live at five show as well.
It is, after all the news you don’t want to hear.
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