Lynn Prentice has done a salesman job on his blog, apparently trying to appear attractive to advertisers. Ice cream to eskimos? Used cars?
Stop Press have done a blogger profile – From blog to brand: Lynn Prentice (The Standard).
What is the Standard brand? And what is the lprent brand?
Whenever there is self praise and lprent involved there is inevitably mentions of his own abilities.
My real job is to provide greenfield programming code for similar private sector startups who are building export businesses.
That was a task that my operations research MBA proved to be very useful in facilitating indevelopment.
Programming is his passion, his MBA is his pride. As everyone is told, quite often.
Have you got any funny anecdotes about running a political site in NZ?
Not really. In many ways running a political blog is a bit of a drag, which consists of getting posts up every day and moderating comments.
…for my unfortunate habit of only being able to write in English when I was highly irritated.
Humourless and often showing a grumpiness that one might exhibit when irritated by a drag of a job. Except he claims to have tried humour in a self promotion of this profile that he had to point out was an attempt at humour.
There’s a funny anecdote for you.
The most intriguing discovery about the whole process for me has been the amusing discovery about how thin skinned many journalists and columnists are. It turns out that people on blogs intelligently criticising their performance has been remarkably upsetting to them. Hopefully it will help induce a better standard of political journalist over time.
Very ironic. Lynn’s crankiness and lack of tolerance for criticism is legendary.
“Intelligently criticising their performance” does happens sometimes but it’s far more often foaming rants about how the media are puppets of the right, how harsh they are on the left and how unfair it is.
And the height of ironing is hoping “it will help induce a better standard”. When I suggested that The Standard would be better if it was more balanced and less abusive it would serve it’s purpose better. For that I was permanently banned.
On the Standardistas
We wanted a site that it was possible to have an intelligent and robust argument on without silly organisational constraints on the discussion.
We went from having a wide open no moderation policy to one that clearly defined what type of commenters the site was interested in retaining. They were intelligent robust debaters who could argue without simplistic slogans.
There are “intelligent robust debaters” but they are frequently drowned out by nit picking abusive harassing shills.
Pompous gits citing the unnamed authorities of their navel hair and mindless sloganeers became unwelcome.
A lot of the focus of the site in on making it easy for commenters to engage with each other.
Another irony. The blog is well known for it’s resident trolls gang attacking commenters they deem (often based on scant or no evidence) to be political enemies, and this behaviour is encouraged and sometimes led by Prentice.
Four legs good, two legs bad. Prentice and his porkers do the leg counting unsighted.
The audience we have ranges from people like myself who are quite professionally affluent through to those on a benefit for one reason or another. The most common factors are that they tend to be quite intelligent, well-educated, and very active in society in one capacity or another.
“Intelligent’ seems to be a big thing for Prentice, but a repeated claim that often isn’t evident looking through the comments threads.
On The Standard
We’re a very cooperative site across the left, internally and externally. This helps keep the diversity of opinion on the left being aired and helps to induce more comprehension and cooperation across the political movements of the left and advances the labour movement.
What we wanted to achieve was to provide a voice for the Labour movement in the local blogosphere.
And if you are deemed not of the Left or the Labour movement they treat you like a scab.
But any political site needs a few polemic rants…
While “polemic” is debatable there is more than a few rants – and some of the most verbiose and abusive come from Prentice, usually accompanied by a ban so there’s no right of replied for the person being admonished.
In last Sunday’s Herald Jonathan Milne wrote In bed with the bloggers where he said:
The leading bloggers trade on one core asset: the power of personality. They are loud, they are brash and they are, ahem, manufactured. The top ones admit creating personas that are more in-your-face than the real person.
Prentice wouldn’t be regarded as a leading blogger, he’s more of a blog manager. Aside from running the nuts and bolts of the site and his heavy handed “moderation” his contribution of posts and debate is sparse.
But yes, he is loud and brash, in distinct contrast to his demeanour in this StopPress profile. Multiple personalities? Or one of them manufactured?
He has posted about this profile at The Standard – StopPress and comments.
Umm I can’t have done too badly. Our contact at Scoop emailed me without screaming how I’d made our site unsaleable. I must be losing my touch… I usually try to ensure that people always come away wanting to avoid any further contact. It helps with balancing time between home, work, family, and the blog.
That sounds more like the Standard personality.He repeats a warning:
I’ve also started to escalate the moderation bans heading into elections. So if anyone wants to troll on the site with mindless trash or to abuse authors, then don’t be surprised if you find your comments wind up in auto-spam until after the elections.
Beware if you are judged to have two legs. For once this isn’t an exaggeration, the bans are being dished out.
He added a footnote:
* Yeah right! You did read the categories I chose eh? As far as I’m aware there are no public photos of me on the net. And as for my usual mood on the site, “pleasant, widely expansive and egotisical best”. If you really believed that I was trying to emulate some other bloggers then all I have to say is “suckers”….
StopPress introduced the profile with:
As would be expected in the highly partisan world of political writing, much of the left-leaning content on The Standard has invoked the ire of several commentators on the right, including Cameron Slater and David Farrar.
On another Standard thread yesterday Prentice showed that this ire runs two ways. As he likes to ensure on his blog, I’ll leave the final selling of his blog to lprent:
…Whaleoil is a win for all political blogs
I hadn’t noticed that it was a political blog. After you get past the click bait, the paid ranting, the sorry for himself posting, the blustering and rhetorical grandstanding on historical issues that Cam is too young to know about, there really isn’t a lot of politics left or right.
I’d have described it as a classic “blog” in the original sense in which a poor depressed soul pours out their sorry hard luck story. In the days of yore he’d have spent a lot of time in a pub – and let me tell you that I heard a lot of no-hopers like him when I served the public bar. Everything is someone or something elses fault and never because he is a lazy irresponsible fuckwit.
It is as predictable as a male Mills and Boon and just as tedious…
Now you were saying…