How many of you were offended with the Forbes article that labelled bloggers as an “online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective.”
Why do we want to encourage just the complainers? Why reinforce the negative image of bloggers? Surely the sponsor SunRocket could get the same publicity by encouraging both negative AND positive comments?
I think this reflects badly on SunRocket, so, ironically, consider this my entry to the contest.
Update: Aaron adds this is just “a link scheme sold as a contest that encourages bloggers to give companies negative plublicity.”
Update 2: Good for Steve Rubel, he’s reconsidered his position and backed-out from being a judge. What about the other judges? Chris Pirillo, still want to put your name to this? How about just scrapping the whole thing and coming up with a new contest?
Update 3: Om Malik believes “those who live in glass houses…” and lists many who have had gripes with SunRocket’s service. I wonder if any of them will win a prize?
Update 4: For those of you griping that this is all about “Andy Beal”, even The Consumerist – a site dedicated to airing consumer gripes – thinks paying people to do so, is shady…“paying people to disparage the enemy is probably against some sort of law.”
Update 5: Chris Pirillo (one of the judges) weighs-in with his thoughts. He calls for Hogwash to take heed of the suggested changes to the contest.