This Story Has Blogtown Written All Over It

Comments

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Oh cool. I thought this was going to be 30 things about portlanders.
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Good catch, Spaceman. Trying to convince us that Dan Savage knows or cares about Blogtown...silly rabbits...
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But Todd, he went to all the trouble to substitute the name of the Portland blog, complete with correct spelling and everything! You don't do that sort of thing unless you care.

Also, Dan's posts get way more comments on Slog than they do here.
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Smacks of plagiarism.
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ARE YOU SAYING YOU DON'T WANT TO READ ABOUT A WOMAN HAVING SEX WITH A PITBULL THAT SAYS "HI" WHEN CONFRONTED BY POLICE??

Hmmf. Didn't think so.
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Todd: I do what I can. If just one Blogtownie feels just a little less special, I know I've done my job.

WSH: The world must know about this, no question. I just wonder if you might have a Mercury writer waiting around somewhere to post a link and a block quote once in a while.
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DOES IT HAVE "BLOGTOWN WRITTEN ALL OVER IT" BECAUSE IT WAS WRITTEN BY A STRANGER WRITER, HAS THREE SENTENCES OF ORIGINAL CONTENT AND INCLUDES AN OBVIOUS TYPO? YOU MUST BE VERY PROUD.
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I <3 Dan Savage, I don't read the Stranger because I live in Portland and don't have the time to read everything on the damn internet, and I don't care about re-posts if it keeps me up-to-date on pitbull sex scandals.
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Drunk & Write for Comment of the Week! We're long overdue for one of those anyway.
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We're not that stupid, WSH. You should be ashamed!

This is like crossing out someone's name on a birthday card and writing in a different one because you're too lazy and cheap to buy a new card. Bastard.
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Surprise! Dan Savage is employed by the same company I am. You'll see his column every week in the Mercury and his posts every day here on Blogtown. Likewise, you'll see my TV column and posts in The Stranger and on Slog. Why? We… work… for… the… same… company.

I hope this explanation is sufficient, and that you finally understand why your bodice ripping feelings of outrage and betrayal are lost on me.
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Now I want to rip off my bodice. :(
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So that's where my ripped bodices keep going! I knew it!
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"Guess what has Blogtown written all over it?" = new Portland pickup line (make sure you're holding a Sharpie when you ask her this).
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No William. That isn't sufficient. Re-branding content to pander to a local audience is bullshit.
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Humph, maybe you didn't notice, but no one's complaining about Dan's column. Because, you know, it's a nationally syndicated column. You kind of expect to see it repeated verbatim in many outlets.

But aside from the column, Savage's posts here (and Paul Constant's, too) are the equivalent of those radio stations that pretend to be local but are actually large swaths of robo-fare punctuated with just enough pre-recorded bits aimed at the local market to make you feel like there's a human involved who lives somewhere in your city.

This is made all the more apparent when the post has as its thesis "OMG, you guys, this story is so very like [insert local city's name here before posting]!"

But surely it hasn't escaped your notice that Savage's copy-and-paste Blogtown posts aren't exactly increasing pageviews here. The 16 comments on this post (almost none of which are actually a reaction to Dan's post itself) are the most a Savage post has gotten in at least a month -- most of his posts get 1 or 0 comments.

Compare that to, say, the 43 comments that Dan's "We See Christ's Love Most Clearly When Men Fuck Women" post got on Slog (the same post got 1 comment on Blogtown).

Fine, maybe comments aren't your favorite metric for popularity (it's all I can see). Maybe you hate the comment system (but not enough to remove it, because pageviews).

But still. The robo-posts from Seattle affiliates, by and large, suck. Is there really no one in Portland who can write two sentences and add a link?
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David Miscavige Forcefeeds Blogtown Cabbage, Performs a Gastric Lavage
POSTED BY DAN SAVAGE