Scoble and the Pasty Paparazzi

I have no idea why so many people are so worked up about the minor-league dust-up between authors/bloggers Robert Scoble & Shel Israel, and Amazon CTO Werner Vogels. Is it really a big surprise that the authors of a largely anecdotal tech-centric book got beaten up during a recent presentation for not making a more data-driven case by the CTO of a highly empirical tech-centric company? Are apologies really required by anyone involved, on either side, as some nutters are demanding? I think not.

People need to get out more. A Slashdot-commenter nailed it:

…the only people interested in this particular fight are those who follow successful internet people around like pasty white guy paparazzi. Give it a rest.


  1. fartikus says:

    scoble is yesterday’s news, mini-msft is a far moe amusing source of microsoft gab

  2. I don’t disagree. While mini-msft has a low signal-to-noise ratio, those intermittent signals are darn interesting.

  3. I had sort of thought the point moot. The Amazon Web Services guys, at least, do well:
    Bloglines reports 60 subscribers. Shows what I know.

  4. And let’s not deprive ourselves of the irony that Mr. Vogels posted his rejoinder to his blog. I wonder why? Well played, Mr. Scoble: blog about a critic of blogs forcing the critic to, in turn, blog about it. A diabolical gambit. In a word, a scoble.

  5. It’s a bit like seeing Bill Gates give a big conference demo, and getting the Blue Screen Of Death. In the grand scheme of things, it hardly matters in the face of war, pestilence, and famine. But do not deny the small pleasure of seeing a (tech) celebrity humbled by life frustration’s.
    The cheap irony is delicious – the evangelists of “Naked Conversations” having the vapors because, gasp, choke, someone was blunt and maybe rude to them. It’s a real-life satire of the huckerism in blog bubble-blowing.