February 20, 2004

Bad news from Gothamist

2004_01_tshirt3-thumb.jpgMea culpa! Mea maxima culpa! All my hand-wringing about the ethics of blogging, it would seem, has had a devastating result. The great Gothamist (winner, you will recall, of the first BlogWars), had a service-journalism post today, extolling the virtues of a smelly-bathsoaps shop somewhere near Macy's. There was a suspicious use of the passive voice ("Gothamist received an After 8:30 massage bar"), and so I asked whether Jen Chung (right) was pulling a Lockhart Steele and plugging new shops in return for freebies. After all, it was only yesterday that Jake Dobkin, Gothamist's publisher, was joking (I thought) about competing with New York magazine.

I should have remembered, of course, that one should never ask a question to which one does not already know the answer. I was prepared for a minor violation of a nonexistent code of blogalistic ethics; I was completely unprepared for what I got instead. Jen immediately replied, you see – that she'd gotten the bar from her boyfriend! Yes folks, Jen Chung is taken. We might as well all just give up and go home, now.

Posted by Felix at 05:49 PM GMT

And while we are on the subject of lame posts.

Jen, you should find out if blogger's insurance covers legal fees to combat blog-stalking.

Posted by: charles on February 20, 2004 05:56 PM

The nice thing about readers is that for every person sending me a crazy email, someone sends one like "Maybe you should unlist yourself."

Posted by: Jen on February 20, 2004 06:02 PM

Please, someone, send me more free shit.

Posted by: Lock on February 20, 2004 06:39 PM

Almost as distressing to me as the news jen is loved up is your use of the participle "gotten", Felix. My lord, old chap, just what is happening to you?

Posted by: murray on February 20, 2004 07:43 PM

Murray, I wouldn't know what a participle was if it painted itself purple and danced naked on a tabletop singing "participles are here again".

Posted by: Felix on February 20, 2004 09:07 PM

Argh. That picture got me all excited, until I read your last paragraph.

Posted by: Zach on February 20, 2004 09:24 PM


Participle - n. & v.: -n. 1. a purple-colored hors'd'oeuvre. 2. (slang) a lap dance style from Carson City, NV. -v. to dance like a saucy minx while whistling. [From particus, Latin for small penis, and sippet, dim. of Sop, a small piece of bread soaked in liquid.]

Posted by: Jame on February 21, 2004 08:22 AM

noooooo, Jen is taken *sobs in his glass of Cutty Sark*

Posted by: Ron Mwangaguhunga on February 21, 2004 06:25 PM

I've actually "gotten" stuff on a couple of occasions, typically receiving an email from someone working at the company for which I ragged on their product. It's kind of interesting, and I have no interest in pandering to how great their product is.

My question is, if I've ragged on something at face value (i.e. I saw the commercial or saw it in a store) and then the company sends me something, should I still be posting about it if I don't like the product after I get it (therefore qualifying my original comments) or even if I do? Or just let it drop?

Posted by: djspicerack on February 22, 2004 03:25 PM