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Monday, July 2, 2007

Deadspin: Bias in their Linkage?

We recently were pondering the impact of some of the larger and more well known blogs (yes, even larger and better known than NOIS...but certainly not as spot on in their opines, nor a fraction as righteous) and wondered just what effect getting links on a blog like Deadspin would have on a blog.

Someone else pondered the same thing, and came up with a post about it.

The folks at StopMikeLupica tallied the links provided in the Deadspin mainstays, "blogdome" and "leftovers" and came to the conclusion that certain blogs seemed to get preferential treatment.

They further went on to point out other blogs that really, in their estimation, should be getting more love from Deadspin.

All this is well and good. It's very important to call out the evil corporate suit behind Deadspin, Will Leitch. We commend StopMikeLupica for doing all they can to hold Mr. Leitch accountable. Holding the blog power that Mr. Leitch holds certainly puts him in the position to make and break sports blogs. It is imperative that foul play in his personal choices for links be pointed out. As bloggers, if we can't depend on Leitch to drive traffic to our sites, well, then who can we depend on?

The link tally that StopMikeLupica researched showed that a handful of blogs got the majority of links doled out by the evil blogmaster at Deadspin. It suggested that these blogs were getting special recognition, and even provided links to posts that certainly were not worthy of linkage.

While we applaud StopMikeLupica in their effort to stand up to the high-handed Leitch and the corporate empire he represents; we believe that SML was too kind in their summation of the situation.

By churning out a blog that is a daily stop for many in the blogosphere, Mr. Leitch has effectively cornered a niche of the sports media. And, by providing links to other sites, the high traffic at his site can be directed where he sees fit. Don't be fooled by the notion that Leitch picks his links based on what HE deems to be newsworthy, funny, entertaining, weird, worth reading or the occasional link to a "friend's" site (we laugh at the last notion...in the cut throat world of sports bloggery, there are no friends).

Mr. Leitch parlayed his blogging into a job with Gawker, apparently. But now, he has taken it a step further and is playing God. Other blogs are pawns in his game of bloggery. He is Caeser, giving a thumbs up or thumbs down on a whim.

The notion that Mr. Leitch should provide links to whomever he chooses for whatever reasons he feels proper seems antiquated. If Mr. Leitch chooses to play God, he must do so according to fair guidelines. And those rules should, logically, be determined by the blogs not getting their share of links.

And the first rule of fairness in America in today's age is Affirmative Action.

Mr. Leitch should feel obligated to provide daily linkage to sites like NOIS, the HBCU sports blog, Leave the Man Alone and others.

Mr. Leitch is a cog in the wheel of the remnants of white corporate America that built their infrastructure and wealth on the backs of Negroes. And Mr. Leitch has done the same. NOIS conducted an interview with Mr. Leitch and posted it here. Providing him with an entirely new audience. And don't think for a minute that the tremendous bump in Deadspin's visibility might have been directly related to that interview.

We took an unknown commodity, and gave it a chance.

Now is the time for Mr. Leitch to recompense the blogs that have suffered the after effects of bigotry, slavery, and racism.

Now is the time for Mr. Leitch to extend his hand to us. To extend his soft, uncalloused snow white hand to those of us that are due never ending links.

Until the time arrives that Mr. Leitch has a daily post dedicated as a redux to the most recent post at NOIS, we can only wonder:

Why does Mr. Leitch hate Negroes?

The answer can be found here. Question Number Five.

43 comments:

ZEKE said...

that would be just swell. ruining deadspin by linking to your compost heap.

Johnny Cockring said...

Sir, Mr. Leitch is a man of his times. He would surely be shunned by the good ol' boy network of his well-heeled country club peers were he to include reference to this blog amongst the biased tales of woe the establishment demands he tell of america's Negro athletes.

Mr. Leitch, too, is a victim of white supremacy, for even if he could see the path to righteousness, he will fear to walk down that path. He will fear the economic and social repercussions of acknowledging the righteous logic and rhetoric of the postings on this fine blog. He will fear the loss of sponsorship and opportunities brought about by the backlash from his cowardly, translucent kinsmen and their aversion to the truths embodied in NOISb's essays.

By linking to the NOIS blog, he will risk losing all of the trappings of white privilege enjoyed by every of his fellow generic-Americans. He may never again write for a mainstream media outlet, never again have access to high-profile athletes and front-office personnel, never again be invited to the Hamptons to consume braised lobster and gin&tonics until passing out, waking to the smell of fresh sea air realizing his head rests on a pillow made of soft, pale thigh that, only when viewed against a backdrop of the morning sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean, now appears to be covered with the finest, silky-smooth blond hairs, with a faint line of quadricep, formed while skiing at Aspen or boogie-boarding off of Martha's Vineyard, barely visible under the lightly tanned skin as it runs from the inside of the knee to...

um...

oh, yeah.

Dave the Wave said...

"He would surely be shunned by the good ol' boy network of his well-heeled country club peers were he to include reference to this blog"

you guys are monkeyed headed morons.

i did a search at deadspin and leitch, for some god awful, reason has linked to this rag of a blog MANY times.

including this:
http://deadspin.com/sports/blogs/anonymous-blogs-are-sometimes-great-228015.php

which seem to be right when you started this crapola.

so PLEASE. squash the nois. i mean, noise.

ZEKE said...

yea, i'm sure deadspin is just giddy you are mentioning them. although becareful, your massive following might end up blowing their site up....(where is the roll eyes emoticon when you need it.)

Malcom Hex said...

clearly, the guy at stopmikelupica was just using this topic as a desperate attempt to get a link on deadspin.

thanks for calling this all out, NOIS. glad to see you are above that game.

madd hatter said...

"thanks for calling this all out, NOIS. glad to see you are above that game. "

Umm...i happened upon this post...thru a link at deadspin...LOL

Unsilent Majority said...

"in the cut throat world of sports bloggery, there are no friends"

Sir, I'm sorry you feel this way.

The Fan's Attic said...

i get my links the old fashioned way, whoring my posts out to any and everyone. i don't claim to be a better writer, funnier, wittier or anything else for that matter. i just send my stuff out so that maybe it will get linked and others can add their comments.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Sir, I'm sorry you feel this way. "

Sir, we certainly didn't mean YOU!

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" i just send my stuff out so that maybe it will get linked and others can add their comments."

Sir, so you do admit that you rely on preferential treatment? You use the technological advantages that you hold over struggling blogs as this?

Despicable!

The Fan's Attic said...

if the fact that i have access to email and the email address of others i have culled from the web is preferential then yes.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"if the fact that i have access to email and the email address of others i have culled from the web is preferential then yes. "

Sir, such flaunting of your inherent advantages is just cruel.

The Fan's Attic said...

it is cruel, but that's how whitey keeps people down.

Rupert Entwistle said...

Has anyone heard if stopmikelupica received the dead rat swimming with maggot larvae that we sent him yet (fed ex ground)?

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Has anyone heard if stopmikelupica received the dead rat swimming with maggot larvae that we sent him yet (fed ex ground)? "

Sir, well, well...another of deadspin's priveleged minions comes crawling to NOIS in a desperate attempt to get more hits!

My back aches from the constant stepping.

But, to your point, we have only heard of the dusty turd they received (or not) from Lt. Winslow. No news of a rat based maggot farm.

Captain Caveman said...

Sir,

I cannot thank you enough for this post.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I cannot thank you enough for this post"

Sir, try.

Instead of that "St. Andrew's Net: " thing each morning, why not start the day off with a..."St. NOISb's First Call:"...think it over. It might just give you that push you need to become viable.

:)

MCBias said...

Proof of Deadspin's bigotry is that they won't even link to me, a white man with the ability to tan well in the summer months. If they won't link to a tanned man, what hope is there for NOIS and other historically black blogs? Brother NOIS, your call for reparations was wise, but I fear it will go unheard due to the large sacks of filthy lucre (made by exploiting young ladies in T-shirt ads) clogging Mr. Leitch's ears. And

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

" a white man with the ability to tan"

Sir, we appreciate you taking the initiative to darken your pasty white exterior, during the summer months.

One can think of nothing more offensive to the eye than a palid skinned torso at the pool or the beach in the summer.

The tanning of white folks (take that any way you want to) is something we support.

cate said...

Dear Sir,

Mr. Leitch has attempted a ham-fisted (pun not intended) appeal to those who are more multi-culturally minded by discussing the Harlem Globetrotters. Please do not be shaken from your crusade by this empty gesture.

Fornelli said...

I apologize to the Nation of Islam for the color of my skin. Had I known that being born with this pale exterior would give me advantages in the cutthroat world that is blogging, I surely would have never entered into the foray.

I hope The Nation can find it in their large, dark-skinned hearts to forgive me for my disease.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"Please do not be shaken from your crusade by this empty gesture"

Sir, shaken?

Not in the least.

Great change begins with the empty gestures thrown like so many bones to a dog, from the master's hand.

Great change is initiated by the fact that the master has now shown weakness and acknowledges his awareness of the rising and united efforts to thwart his evilishness.

Sir, we appreciate your sentiment. But we disagree.

This is no empty gesture. This is complete capitulation.

The ivory tower is falling.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I hope The Nation can find it in their large, dark-skinned hearts to forgive me for my disease.'

Sir, let the healing process begin.

Please join mcbias in his tanning efforts.

That is the first step.

Brother T said...

man, nois...quit givin' "the man" play on this site.

i heard, over on deadspin...while Will Leitch spends the weekends collecting all those free beers for links...he makes a black man stay up in his apartment doing the posting!

PeteJayhawk said...

Sir,

Perhaps if you tried to bribe Mr. Leitch with some of your tasty bean pies, he would me more amenable to link to this virtual juke joint.

The Fan's Attic said...

i heard a rumor that NOIS is actually run by some pasty irish guys.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"this virtual juke joint"

Sir, we aren't even sure what that means. But it sounds negative.

This is a positive place. Please be nice to us.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"i started a rumor that NOIS is actually run by some pasty irish guys."

Sir, FIXED.

PeteJayhawk said...

Sir,

By no means was my comment meant to disparage your fine establishment.

I, for one, welcome our new bowtied blog overlords.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"I, for one, welcome our new bowtied blog overlords."

Sir, would that your compliant attitude be contagious.

rogismybigbrother said...

WTF? Can someone translate this particular entry (AND the comments)? Who is Deadpin and why is he/she trying to bring drama and trouble to The Nation? Thanks in advance.
Dee Dee

ZEKE said...

"WTF? Can someone translate this particular entry (AND the comments)?"

sure thing, sistah soljuh:

Gooonie goo goo. Gooonie goo goo. And gooonie goo goo.

You straight now?

Dave the Wave said...

"Gooonie goo goo. Gooonie goo goo. And gooonie goo goo."


holy crap...that was brutal...LOL

rogismybigbrother said...

Shit like this just pisses me off. But I can't say I'm surprised. While we're off entertaining white folks in music and sports, this is what they're thinking about us. Can't say I'm surprised. I wouldn't be surprised if these people have mainstream sports blogs. Just remember, Nation, to be careful who you endorse. More than 90% of them are racists.

ZEKE said...

Shit like this just pisses me off. But I can't say I'm surprised."

What'sa matter? Don't you like Eddie Murphy?

Rebecca said...

I have perused the content at Deadspin and some of its affiliates far more than is healthy. I would venture to say that the higher the quality of the content, the lower the likelihood that Deadspin will link to a blog, as they would not want the quality of their work to suffer in comparison.

Al_Sharpton's_Banana_Hammock said...

this is classic NOIS!

well done!

anderballs said...

i have an idea for you...write content that people want to read and you will drive your own traffic. i can't believe i just wasted two minutes on this post.

nation_of_islam_sportsblog said...

"i have an idea for you...write content that people want to read and you will drive your own traffic."


Sir, huh? You don't agree that Deadspin should be responsible for driving traffic to smaller sportsblogs? Really??!!

You are one sharp cookie.

Thanks for spending your two minutes here. Although we apologize for draining all that energy from your powerful mind.

Malcom Hex said...

"i have an idea for you...write content that people want to read and you will drive your own traffic."

nois, looks like another imbecile with low level reading skills...LOL. seems like they find you somehow. what a moron.

Jarrett Carter said...

Considering that I am relatively new to consistent sports blogging, I've found that the best way to drive content is to link to sites you like to read, crank solid content, and try and be appealing on other formats.

NOIS has found a niche in discussing certain issues from a perspective not regularly seen in sports or media. Right or wrong, it's part of the discussion and that's all everyone in the blogsphere can hope and work towards.

ultrasound tech said...

"NOIS has found a niche in discussing certain issues from a perspective not regularly seen in sports or media."

exactly. and i think that is why so many people that read this page get aggitated (some to the point of becoming habitually beligerent commentors). anyone that takes everything on this post literally and doesn't look for other intended meanings is doing themselves a disservice.

like the guy that commented above about creating your own traffice.

i may be wrong, but i think that was kind of the REAL gist of nois's post...

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