Every time I see that awful woman's name on the forums, I think of that old song by Phil Collins, Sussudio, where he sings:
There's a girl that's been on my mind all the time
I hate the song; I hated it when it came out; Phil Collins has always annoyed me -- they used to play him way too much on MTV; now, for our sins, he is played way too much on the supermarket sound track.
So Su-su-spiria in SL is in fact named for some horror gore flick, and also has a famous Irish last name:
In any event, if you've ever been on the forums (not recommended), she's one of the most bossy, suck-up, know-it-all types there, constantly siding with the Lindens, constantly telling people they should get with the program, to such an extent that you wonder if she is either a paid Linden tout or a Linden alt.
If you read the forums with any regularity -- you'll get it. If not, here's one sample -- her never-ending propagandizing of Viewer 2 -- and worse, her covering her tracks doing that, claiming that she's not advocating it as such as a Linden tout, but that she is just trying to clear up "misconceptions" about it (sounds like all the global warning and ObamaCare fascists) and she's just trying to correct "factual" errors.
What's gaspingly awful about Sus-Sus-Piria in this regard is that *she actually has a forums siggy promoting Viewer 2* and the Google SA, and saying it is "fast" and using the Google logo.
Yes. I'm not kidding.
OK, how to parse? Is this a Google tout then actually???
So if somebody says the search is crappy or slow or some other thing annoys them, she rushes to the scene to "correct" them. It's that awful grade-school hall-monitor behaviour and you wonder -- why do *adults* in a community online continue such simpering, disgusting manifestations?
If somebody says, but, you ARE promoting Viewer 2! Like, "err you banner add says otherwise if I am not mistaken ^^"
Sus-Sus-Suck-up will respond: "Many apologies for your reading comprehension disorder."
Could she be a paid Google shill? Does Google need to have such creatures???
No, she's not like really a paid shill. That's not likely, because she posts more than a Linden or any paid person would actually be willing to do -- she posts like a forums addict, like a no-lifer.
I went to look at her profile inworld -- and of course, no surprise, she's a BDMS domme with all kinds of instructions on how people "must" act around her and information about her subs. Sigh.
Do these people ever realize how ridiculous they look?
I loathe the BDSM personality -- and one of the reasons is that it does not do what it claims -- it does not in fact RP with consent. And this is a very good example. The coercive and imperious persona spreads to the forums telling people what to do -- and they haven't consented. Say, where's the safe word from Suspiria?!
She makes some kind of BDSM boots or something -- it doesn't seem like she's one of the six-figure kids in SL, but she acts as if she is.
Now, how did she come to my attention now? Because after brinda mentioned blog logs, I realized I hadn't looked at them in ages. Who reads this blog? I've always been amazed at how many people read this blog coming from Plurk, fashion sites, twitter, and get this -- Second Citizen. In fact, there is now a Blog Bot (!) that fetches my blog and posts it on SC so that those lazy scuts can discuss my blog without having to actually go fetch it. I'm astounded, really. That level of obsession those old freaks can still bring to bear on what I do.
In any event, this post in passing about the Hippiestock got a slew of reads. Why? Because the event was the obsession of the forums in-group for weeks on end. It got really boring seeing the organizers flog it all the time -- I really feel like people shouldn't do that with their own personal sim events, they should put it in special events and not clog up general forums. But those people feel like they own the place, they are a tight-knit loyal bunch, and they were obsessed.
I don't have anything against organizing a Woodstock knock-off, I make Woodstock knock-off stuff myself on my avatar Random Unsung, who has the Aging Hippie line. And I am something of a hippie myself and lived through that era. (I was 12 years old in 1968). It's great that somebody did this in SL and had fun with it -- just don't force it on me.
In any event, I'm uninterested in peace, love, and understanding with the forums bunch -- just not my thing. 140 people fitting on 4 sims -- well, it's a tiny fraction of SL, but to hear them talk about it, it was the center of the universe. No matter. Let them. I'll pass. I just don't like clubbing around with gangs of people, especially accompanied by mindless memes and chatter. I'm sure they had fun and good times and good music and it's all good. I guess I can't help thinking that they should put that energy not into a once-a-year festival that probably creates loads of unnecessary work in SL, but make a club that meets once a week, where more people might get something out of it, especially newbies. Oh, well, not my thing.
But now they're whining that the press is bad?
The Herald story about it in fact was quite positive. To see it as *not* positive you'd have to be brain dead on drugs AND not know the Herald. It was a pretty good piece.
Ah, but guess what. It failed to do one thing: it failed to give credit to Suspiria as being "behind the scenes" organizing it all "really".
For this, Ms. Domme goes into Rage Queen mode:
That's one reason that publication gets ridiculed. Their reporting skills are mediocre at best. Seriously what kind of journalist wouldn't do research before writing an article. A lame one, no doubt about it.
Also, what professional internet media outlet doesn't use video if it's available to convey the true essence of the story? Yea, this guy's a real douche-bag.
His bias and petty hatred blurred his report of the actual event and basically turned the wonderful thing we called Hippiestock into a one-sided media circus.
Thanks for the sentiment.
You know, I wish someone would answer my question about how a forum dwellers party became Hippiestock. Hippie knows and I also want to say that nothing I say here reflects on Hippie. He would have done the right thing.
Yeah, the forums-dwellers are always putting in dumb little emoticons like that.
So wait. A blogger doesn't put a video on a story he kindly does on a community event, and she calls him a douche?! What would that make her, a ho-bag?!
Honestly, I have to goggle when I see lame, parochial, provincial crap like this. Are they daft? If their "goods times" are so good, why would a snarky article in the Herald bother them?! And they got a good write-up in the Herald. Somebody named Quinn Moroni wrote: "A fantastic write-up of the event and its lingering impact on the forum. I’m glad I was able to be there, and I’m very much looking forward to Hippiestock 2012!"
And that was appropriate.
But I guess the person didn't suck up to Her Majesty enough. She's having a rage freak-out because...she wasn't credited.
You know that saying, "There's no limit to the good you can do if you are willing not to get the credit."
I've seen this saying posted on the wall of a very great man who has done a number of very great things in precisely this way.
One thing I always find annoying about these mediocrities of Second Life is their retarded notion of what "journalists are supposed to do".
If they don't like a blog post, they begin huffing and puffing that "a journalist has not done his job". Why, he should have put the organizer's video in his post (but...why? That would be like running a company press release right in the middle of your story -- it's a craven suck-up and unnecessary). Why, he should have written this or that. He should "do his homework!" (rage, rage). Why, he didn't even interview me for the story!
Um, these people are bloggers at the Herald, not paid professional reporters. Get the sand out of your vajajay, please.
I'm no fan of the Herald and I don't think anything in particular of Simon Leominster, who wrote the piece, I don't know him, and he seems one of the least offensive of the Herald scribblers, but geez, it's as good as it gets and people are not paid and they gave attention to some minor little parochial event by an insular group in SL -- and they get a ration of shit. Be grateful! My God, this world will never grow. It's AWFUL.
But she rages on:
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I just can't buy into that it was an oversight. He used Maddie's picture and mentioned her thread which he read. Is it possible every person he interviewed failed to mention all the contributors? I doubt it because surely Quinn would have mentioned something and Xiulan.
Also DQ subscribes to my youtube channel so I doubt very seriously she wouldn't mention a video and honestly, do you really think after reading the Hippiestock threads he never saw a video?
No, it's pretty clear he did it on purpose.
The sheer...provinciality of Second Life. I mean, I'm all for provinciality. I'm a provincial myself. Takes one to know one. But I do have enough savvy to understand that this is really a turn off to outsiders. What makes people turn away from the forums isn't their nastiness and spleen; it's their provinciality.
That small-minded, mediocrity that you find in villages.
And then -- that touching believe that they delete comments on the Herald...
And the rage goes on and on and on...
I'm 100% on topic...
You can assume all you want, the facts are clear. His "reporting" skills are a disgrace to professional journalists everywhere.
Hmm let's see....
Pearl Harbor gets bombed...but they don't say by whom....
2 buildings collapse in New York but they don't say how....
Some team wins the world series on a Game 7, 9th inning homer but they "forget" to mention the guys name...
Yea, I would toss an insult but you're just too easy and I fear I'm taking advantage of you...
*Suspiria mosey's over to Prokofy's blog because I know she won't delete my reply.
The really sad thing is both blog posters used the malignant tumor quote... yea there's some fame for dAReck...well maybe not since the thread was yanked.
Well, ultimately, what is all this about, do you think?
I think it's a branding war of sorts. The Lindens are nerfing their forums again, and they are likely to emerge even more controlled and squeaky clean when they get done blowing the dust off in a few weeks.
So SL Citizen (ineptly named), Sluniverse, and this newer Suspiria-dominated outfit SL Offworld Forum, and likely others are flexing their muscles to see who can win the mindshare, and win the former forums-dwellers to their offworld forums. Pretty brilliant name for a forum, "Offworld Forum," eh? Where the Lindens can't touch you LOL. The Lindens themselves may have organized this. In fact, I was pretty certain that SL Citizen was organized by a Linden (or possibly prodded along by an alt of a Linden who people didn't realize was a Linden -- there's a lot of mystery shrouded around the figure "Alex" who started SL Citizen).
Why would a Linden organize an offworld forums?! Because they need to keep residents, but not have them in the view. So they siphon them off. It's a technique. They did it in TSO, outsourcing deliberately to Stratics. Get it away from the corporate space and make sure nothing falls on the eye -- nothing to frighten the horses, as it were -- not only the prospective buyers, but the newbies. Makes sense.
I can't help thinking once again of the humdog's famous essay about the Board Ho, what a fascinating discussion it all was then, how I thought then (and still thing) that humdog was just too Marxist in her analysis, despite having some very helpful things to say. I realized that Suspiria, consciously or not, is doing that corporate bidding. Picking a fight, banging on people, angering them, getting them to express more and more and more, all for the data-scraping. It really has an icky feel to it, this stuff.
Many people have had the feeling the forums are manipulated by Linden corporate forces for a long time. I don't mean just Amanda "I'll delete you!" Linden. That's normal stuff. She takes out stuff that doesn't fit the corporate look -- understood. We get that. It's a game; we play it.
I mean the more creepy stuff of touts and inciters. People coming on not as open Lindens, but covert Lindens or hired marketers or manipulators to push things a certain way. To prime the public for bad policies. To get some people so incited to anger that they then get pushed off the forums, after leaving a trail of interesting data of who is for a certain viewpoint and who is against.
I realized that one of the reasons I don't go to the forums as much as I used to is that it has that creepy feeling of being watched by people manipulating it -- the feeling you used to get from going into a peace movement meeting and seeing the guy in the back of the room whose tie-dyed t-shirt and jeans looked a tad too pressed to be authentic, who was probably the FBI plant. Or that feeling you got in a Soviet "youth" conference when you realize that there's all these men who have to be like 35 in suit and ties...
Why the Lindens would *bother* with social manipulation like that on their tawdry forums is beyond me. But they get 1,000 reads routinely and 700 comments on some stuff so maybe that's why.
I don't have the patience to sift through all the stupid videos, photos and clips from previous posts to analyze this and prove my point. Others who spend more time there will likely agree -- others have said outright they feel like the forums has been played like a violin -- especially during the era of Pink Linden and the SL Marketplace changes.
One of the particular annoyances on the forums is a relatively new avatar who is obviously an oldbie alt named Han Held. That sort of griefer persona who is writing tripe much of the time and harassing others (and also obsessing about Prokofy, which is usually the hallmark of only certain old SL sects, because most people don't feel any need to do that) -- they are up to no good.
But why? Boredom? The desire for power over people?
Yes, that takes people very far and wide in SL.