Saturday, January 28, 2012

GLAAD's Outstanding Blog Award

The credibility of awards can often be dictated not only by the group or organization which gives awards but also the recipient of said awards.

Case in point other than silly awards given by Internet blog worshipping websites whose ulterior motive is to sell the award giving website's sponsors services or products, the "Outstanding Blog" award offered by the Elitist GLAAD organization is supposed to be meaningful as say the Oscar from the Academy Awards.

With few exceptions this award, which was first offered in 2011, has nominated both last year and now this year, blogs which for most of their content is copy and paste from other sources rather than original writings.

The winner of the first offering of the award last year was Joe Jervis of JoeMyGod fame who CROWOLF described in a posting about the credibility in "reporting" of LGBT blogs and websites, JoeMyGod, who never met a copy/paste function he didn’t love. This year's nominees are Mombian, The New Civil Rights Movement, Bilerico Project, Towleroad and Rod 2.0.

Towleroad it seems has been around forever, since 2003 actually and is a favorite of Anderson Cooper so it can't be all that bad. Unfortunately from time to time the website (it really isn't a blog anymore) does get its info messed up in copy/pastes and on more than one occassion didn't correct misinformation or incomplete copy/pastes which gave a different impression of a story than the one intended in the original source. Hmmmm .... sounds like FOX News.

Mombian does highlight LGBT news and events with little to no copy/pastings of other sources except press releases and does have original writings. The blog which has been up and running since 2005, is published by Dana Rudolph and as she describes the blog is for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents, offering a mix of parenting, politics, diversions, and resources for all our varied roles. Mombian provides parenting tips, book reviews for parents and children, news about LGBT families, and political and legal news and commentary, all from the perspective of a lesbian mom. It also includes a helping of lesbian culture and entertainment, in the belief that mothers don’t lose their other interests the moment they become parents.

The New Civil Rights Movement is another version of Gay Voices at Huff Post although the aforementioned has been around a lot longer but offers nothing more than stories which can be found at any multitude of websites both mainstream and LGBT.

Rod 2.0 is another copy/paste extravaganza with multiple theft of uncredited photos in postings but from the Black (sometimes angry) LGBT perspective of news and events.

Bilerico Project is a multi-faceted multiple writer website which has been around longer than the purple colored Dino of The Flintstones and which is owned and operated by Bil (don't spell my name with two LL's) Browning.

Browning whose primary function aside from bringing together the multitude of writers some very good, some not so and others which make readers wonder aloud, WTF are you writing about, is one of whining for donations so he doesn't have to get a real job (guess the BF doesn't make all that much money so Browning can play with his Internet toy and laze around like a 1960's housewife watching soaps all day) and oft writing about gay porn and pretty boys among other topics. Yet again this website is fraught with the copy/paste syndrome.

So who will most likely win this year's treasured award of Elite Gaydumb ?

If the goal is originality with content, content which is often not picked up nor bothered with by the Elite bloggers being a prerequisite, then it should be Mombian which gets this writer's vote, however in light of Joe Jervis winning last year, and we know how the game is played among the Elites, it will be which among the nominees are the Elitest of Bloggers and who suck up to Elite groups like GLAAD the most.

So with that in mind the winner will be for the 2012 "Outstanding Blog" ..... Bilerico Project.

Unfortunately for Browning unlike winning an Oscar he won't be able to turn that award into a cash cow as in the grand scheme of things it's not worth much more than shit on toilet paper.

To quote Sean Connery in the movie The Untouchables, "so endeth the lesson ".

Almost ..... and the winners, yes winners, are Mombian and Towleroad.
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