First, let’s consider the much maligned PayPerPost and the subsequent debate surrounding the company’s payment-for-blogging model. Jason Calacanis goes on the record repeatedly as an opponent of PayPerPost, even labeling the company as “stupid and evil”.
Feldman, however, had some choice words for Calacanis in an October 23rd video blog entry. He responded to Calacanis’ criticism of PayPerPost by retorting, “What people want to do with their blog is their own (expletive) business.”
Offering guidance to PayPerPost, Feldman advises the company to “…tell [Calacanis] to (expletive) and get out of your office!”
Clearly, Loren Feldman isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind.
A week later, Feldman introduced a new show, entitled Jason’s Place, in which he pokes even more fun at Calacanis. This time however, Feldman didn’t limit his ribbing to the Weblogs, Inc. founder, but also drew blogosphere darling Robert Scoble in to the fray.
When I asked Robert for his taken on it, he told me, “I thought it was funny.”
Calacanis, however, would seem to be less jovial in his attitude toward Feldman’s criticisms, as multiple attempts to contact him for a response have went unanswered.
Feldman’s venomous volleys, however, haven’t been limited to just Calacnis. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington has felt the sting of his video antics as well.
So what is point of all this mockery? Well, other than my personal amusement, I believe it all hinges around the concept of blogosphere politics.
Bloggers, like politicians, serve a constituency. For most politicians, it takes years of careful planning and perfectly executed strategy in order to build a solid constituency of voters.
In the same respect, bloggers are always looking to add to their viewership; and election results are tallied in terms of page clicks and community feedback rather than raw voting numbers.
So while Feldman’s tactics could be perceived as underhanded, he is accomplishing his goal. More people are taking note of 1938 Media and his video blog.
Is it moral? That’s debatable.
Is it effective? Most definitely.