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Jan. 18th, 2007

Oh, Aaron Sorkin, why, oh why, do you make it so hard to love you? Please sign up for a continuing ed class on How Not to Piss People Off 101 at your local community college. Likewise, a quick refresher in Not Alienating Your Entire Audience would probably be wisdom. I'm thinking this kind of stupidity calls for the Miranda Bailey icon.

In other news, thanks to all who offered to look over my Bones outline. I'm putting the finishing touches on it this morning and will probably email ya'll later today.

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hannasus
Jan. 18th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
You're right, there's totally a point to be made, it's just not the point that Aaron articulated. Instead of rightly pointing a finger at the deficiencies of mainstream journalism, he chose to insult people who aren't members of the media elite and yet dare to have opinions.

Also, I'm not sure you can actually get away with criticizing mainstream media when what you're really mad about is the fact that they're giving you bad reviews. No matter how sucky or unfair you may think a review is, you really shouldn't fire back if you want to retain a shred of dignity.

Aaron just needs to get his raging ego in check and learn to at least pretend he's got a modicum of modesty in that talented brain of his.
mikijean
Jan. 18th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Aaron is boring the wizard
Oh, I think we basically agree--he needs to step back away from the ledge. Even if he doesn't believe for a second that there is anything wrong with his show (ahem), he should save that for private conversation and smile beatifically at the LA Times. And, perhaps most important, he should lay off the laymen--if people want to talk about his show, they can talk about his show, on the Internet and anywhere else. Most of the time that talk has been positive, and he could stand to acknowledge that occasionally. Basically, if he can't learn to be more diplomatic about this stuff--even when it's hard to be diplomatic because some people will be idiots--he needs a CJ who will promise to stick his keyboard somewhere untoward for his own good, because it really is hurting only him.

That is, I think, particularly true for real reviews--nothing has ever pleased every critic, and you either have to take the useful bits of critiques and let the rest go or not look at the critiques at all. I suspect I would be pretty frustrated at stuff that masquerades as either critique or news but is really just silliness or sniping--the Times article about the comedy writers struck me as exactly that. But the thing Aaron never seems to realize, from all the way back in his Benjamin days, is that there is absolutely nothing to be gained and, potentially, a lot to be lost (like the regard of the nice people on the Internet who actually like you) by engaging those pieces. Yes, it's frustrating to let those things go by without response, but he really needs to learn to do it. That's what sniping with your friends is for--don't snipe to reporters.

He can snipe to us privately if he really needs to--I don't think we'd turn him down. ;)
austin360
Jan. 18th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Aaron is boring the wizard
He can snipe to us privately if he really needs to--I don't think we'd turn him down. ;)

We'll be the girls chasing behind the golf cart...

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