Monday, April 18, 2011

that hippo looks like (s)he's having a great time...

Today on Tourist Trapped, Michael Procopio and I visit the San Francisco Zoo. We found it depressing. As I am already learning from the comments section, people fucking love the zoo to death. So please go read my "poor-excuse-for-an-editorial" right now over at SFGate...

10 comments:

Fredo said...

What's amazing to me about the Commenter Hoard on SFGate is how it would suggest that apparently people are now completely humorless. It's bizarre.

sfmike said...

I hate zoos, period, since I feel so sorry for the poor animals stuck in their stupid cages and artificial environments. Way to stand up to the Commenter Horde.

Anonymous said...

I hate zoos, but still found your piece condescending and shallow.

Beth said...

@Fredo: Weird, right? I think it's a group mentality. Oh, how I wish they would post links to THEIR work.

@SFMike: Thanks!

@Anonymous: Really? It certainly wasn't intended that way. But you're not alone! I'm impressed that someone was so outraged by my thoughts on going to the zoo, they felt the need to call me an "uppity cvnt."

Thank you for your less abusive thoughts, but I still found your comment cowardly and unfounded.

JFA said...

@Beth: You seem to presume that whatever you write is terrific, and that those who disagree are necessarily wrong in their appraisal. While some of the critics may have reacted to your spin on agent provocateur, most seemed to say the piece read to them as snippy, pointless hipsterism. Isn't it possible that your piece didn't connect with readers, and thus you didn't succeed in your role as writer? That's obviously not the case for all of your writing, or all of your readers, but can you really put the SFGate response 100% on the consumers of your prose?

Beth Spotswood said...

I have never presumed one solitary thing I've ever done, written or said in my life has been terrific.

But after 4 years of reading comments, I CAN assume that comment response does not necessarily reflect reader response. There is no way that each of the hundreds of pieces I've written for the Culture Blog will connect with every reader.

I'm not saying everyone is wrong. I haven't responded to one single comment on the actual piece. Here, I said the anonymous comment above was cowardly (leave your name. I do) and unfounded (where, specifically, did the commenter feel I was condescending?)

Finally, what exactly IS hipsterism? How am I a hipster? What part of my going to a zoo makes me a hipster? I'm sitting here in a Banana Republic sweater, listening to John Mayer and caring what people think. I'm like hipster kryptonite.

Thanks for reading!

JFA said...

"But after 4 years of reading comments, I CAN assume that comment response does not necessarily reflect reader response."

It doesn't necessarily reflect all reader response, but looking at the comments, many seem to represent the honest response of particular readers. To dismiss them en masse as "the Commenter Hoard" (as was done above by Fredo and sfmike) or to chalk them up to "group mentality" (as you did) is to miss the point that many of these people had their reaction to your story in mind before they scrolled down to the comments section. There were many critical comments that didn't use name-calling or hostile language; they simply let out their frustration at the tone and (to their minds, lack of) content of your article.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of weird humorless people...the guy in the foreground looks like Zev from The Amazing Race. Pit stop!

Beth Spotswood said...

@JFA: I guess you're point is that commenters on the Gate didn't like the zoo post. And to that, I say thanks for reading anyway and I hope you (and they) like the next one. (It's about the Tea Party Rally on Friday.)

I wish (oh, how I wish) everyone liked everything I wrote. But since that is impossible, I plan to continue to write what I think is funny, interesting and worth writing and hope that I continue to get the opportunities to do so.

Even though I am typing this response so hard, I might break a keyboard, I sincerely appreciate anyone who takes the time to thoughtfully express a concern or opinion on something I've written. Obviously, I want people to like it. It's not like I'm trying to piss anyone off. Honest.

I hope you continue to read my work and one day, eventually, in the distant future, find a piece you enjoy.

@Anonymous: What are you talking about? Zev has a great sense of humor! Team Aspergers!

Anonymous said...

"I am not fond of this fondue." He was pretty funny in that episode!