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by @DaveDavisHockey on 11/24/10 at 04:03 PM ET
As you’ve probably figured out by now, we’re living in an increasingly egocentric world. It’s 2010 and all of us, in our tweeting, blog meta tagging and facebook friending glory, are legends in our own minds. We’re so important and relevant that we were even voted collectively as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.
So, when someone dares to challenge our elite celebrity status or question our worthiness as it were, well at that point it’s “Go” time. That’s precisely what happened in Buffalo yesterday. An e-mob of Sabres fans shouted a loud “Do You Know Who I Am!” to a mainstream newspaper guy who by technology standards still parties like its 1999.
After some unsubstantiated hearsay about Derek Roy supposedly striking Tim Connolly in the face at Ryan Miller’s charity event gained some legs courtesy of a tweet from former Sabre and current ESPN reporter Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo News reporter John Vogl apparently was frustrated by his due diligence obligation on the matter.
It’s not preferable for those who report the news to become the news, but that’s exactly what happened following Tuesday’s Sabres practice, when Vogl unloaded some epic anti-twitter blasts for the ages in his blog.
Acting to end a rumor that began in the world of feces that is Twitter, Sabres forward Derek Roy and coach Lindy Ruff denied today that a welt under Tim Connolly’s eye came from a Roy punch Sunday night at Ryan Miller’s “Catwalk for Charity.”
“I didn’t do anything to him,” Roy said. “Trust me. I would not hit a teammate at a charity event, that’s for sure. I’m the last guy in this dressing room, if you ask anybody, who would do anything like that.”
The Roy-Connolly story began Monday night with “rumors all over Twitter.” After putting on hip waders, rubber gloves, a gas mask and taking an anti-vomit pill, I ventured to the God-forsaken site and discovered what I expected to discover: One person posted the rumor, and a lot of other people copied and/or linked to the one comment, making it look like more than one person actually had an original thought.
If they had a thought, it should have been to go outside and enjoy the world rather than sit and stare at a computer screen.
The pungent reference in the piece was strong enough that it’s since been edited out.
During yesterday’s ensuing backlash from the overly offended tech-savvy puckheads in question, there were some folks who argued that this wasn’t a general attack on bloggers but just frustration specifically with Twitter as a medium.
Not to fuel the fire, but punching a Derek Roy sized fist into that theory is pretty easy. Take a look at your twitter follower list sometime and count how many of them have their own blogs.
Second thought, save yourself some time and tally how many don’t have blogs, or something to plug, or some other self-serving purpose for having a twitter account. You might need more fingers or toes to conduct a census of the population of Pominville.
As it relates to media and fans of the NHL, twitterverse and blogosphere are practically synonyms, folks. The former would be irrelevant without the latter. While it’s a fact that some dinosaur writers erroneously refer to twitter as a blog, and we love to ridicule them about it, the truth is that conceptually there isn’t much difference between the two.
That’s why people flew off the handle yesterday. It was a double whammy on the insult scale. And we thought we were sensitive to comments about our lousy weather - that pales in comparison. The whole episode of fans flipping out because someone with an audience chastised them for how they spend a lot of their time was comic overkill.
There is an interesting irony in all of this. Thanks to the slow lingering death of the printed word, reporters who despise the barrier-free world of instant information, complete with its giant melting pot of respected credible sources and spellcheck-challenged driveling wannabees, eventually will have no choice but to meld into it.
In our convoluted ego-driven minds, this inevitable shift will change nothing. It’s the 21st century, and we’re all important celebrities now.
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