Yesterday I learned that I am a big fat whore.
Ok, I exaggerate a wee bit. I'm not really very big. Mostly just a whore, and a cheap one at that. Let's go with "one-bit whore". That fits snugly.
Why am I a whore, you ask? I have taken this blog that we (ok, I) love so very much and I have polluted it with vile and clumsy marketing from the movie Serenity. I've become a corporate shill. I've sold out to the man. I've slaughtered figurative puppies and eaten them raw.
Poor figurative puppies.
Sometimes the blogosphere is like a big mirror, in which I can peer to see if my ass looks fat in these pants, or if I'm suddenly giving blowjobs for pocket change. Yesterday it was the latter.
On Saturday I posted about how I scored a chance to see the Serenity preview in exchange for writing a blog post about the flick. Then, on Sunday a fairly popular blog called gaping void linked to me, wondering if the Serenity marketing team had bungled this effort by requiring that bloggers write about the movie. He posited that perhaps a better approach would have been to give out the tickets with no strings attached.
A little later that day, a blogger at New Persuasion stated that they had also scored a pass to the preview but would be boycotting it for ethical reasons, in protest of the blogging requirements. He linked to me as an example of "another viewpoint". Tactfully put.
Then, hours later, meta-site Blogebrity weighed in with a summary of the matter. In a single paragraph they laid out the timeline of the blogosphere's relationship with Serenity, identifying me as the naive gaga blogger, smitten with Serenity's offer, and blinded by my crush. Other blogs were linked to as being more evolved.
In the blogosphere, issues are raised, summarized, and mocked all within hours. It's a good place.
Apparently I have violated the sanctity of the corporate-free blogspot domain. For that I am deeply, deeply apathetic. For all of you that have come here seeking brand-name-free philosphy and thoughtfully-considered politics, I highly recommend the "Next Blog" button. It never fails.
On the plus side, in the last 36 hours, nearly 200 people have clicked over to this site and then hurriedly clicked away in disgust. Hi there!