One of the things I learned from sports and music is that both are great equalizers. No matter what your background in "real life" might be, how you play a sport or sing a song is the only currency you carry when you're on a team or performing.
Captains of industry, high powered
lawyers, doctors, and Masters of the Universe can find common ground with janitors,
mechanics, tradesmen, and Larry in the mailroom.
The same with blogging or journaling in public.
To other members of the community you're only as good as the last entry you wrote. Your job/career may make an interesting subject, but the quality of your writing is what levels the playing field.
However as an AOL member the rules are always changing and the field has never been level.
The quality of your education doesn't matter.
The quality of your career doesn't matter.
The quality of your journal writing doesn't matter,
And, as we've learned, even the quality of your AOL membership doesn't matter either. Those of us who pay are no better than the people who use AOL for free.
It's a corpporate philosophy that gives new meaning to "Your money is no good here."
But AOL made a mistake. When they
offered a journals service, an important invisible barrier between customer and
provider came down. We got a chance to look behind the curtain.
the face of OZ.
At first he seemed harmless. John Scalzi was introduced to us as
our benign, benevolent journals guide, providing entertainment and
information like an amiable docent on a bus tour.
As more technological issues arose,
Editor Joe was trotted out to mollify us. Needless to say, with the
escalating tech problems, he has become a troubled troubleshooter. He
was the first to step from behind the safety desk of AOL anonymity, so we
started taking potshots at him from the get go.
Now there's Susan, the AOL Product
Manager [sorry link doesn't work but URL does go figure] http://journals.aol.com/blogsinsider/intheknow/entries/763
Talk about shark bait. Okay bear bait. The timing of her recent, stupid journal entry
in the wake of the ad banners couldn't be worse. She's up her
neck in lizard sheet and sinking fast. Mostly because of her own
Clearly AOL has no respect for its paying customers. Not when they're sending underqualified people to deal with us.
Of course, if we're dumb enough in the first place to pay for the same service other
people [AIM] are getting for free, AOL can go ahead and try to get away with
anything. Like the, uh, ad banners for instance.
But that last poke in the eye finally woke up the sleeping bear. And it's not nice to poke the bear.