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Beyond Useful

José

It’s the perfect time of year to ditch the pending items and one from back in October caught my eye. Darren Rowse, the Problogger, espoused the principle of a blog’s usefulness. All well and good, until I got to his examples of useful blogs, where he lists TMZ, a celebrity gossip blog.

What?

I had to run this past José. “Ah, well,” he said, “people have always wanted gossip. Only the other day Weston…” and off he went (Weston is another bear but not a space-faring one.)

So, useful gives people what they want. That means a drug-dealer is useful. I get it now. Today’s fieldfare was useful in pushing my 2010 list on to 39. I got what I wanted – not much use for a fieldfare otherwise, eh?

José finished his Weston tale and checked out TMZ. “Well,” he said, “you’ve got to admire their… chutzpah?”

I’m not sure he meant that exactly: he is only a bear and not even a Jewish one. I think he needed a different word, just as we need another word for actually being of use to people. Beneficial?

One thing’s for sure: this blog does not aim to be useful.

2 comments to Beyond Useful

  • Darren Rowse

    I’m with you on not finding TMZ useful on a personal level – although they do meet a ‘need’ (or at least a desire) in many people which in some kind of sad way makes it useful to them.

    I’m not sure I’d equate it with drug dealing – while gossip can be addicting and at times destructive it’s also illegal and life threatening… but maybe thats just me :-)

  • Andy

    Just taking the dictionary definition of useful to its logical extreme, Darren. As you point out, logic doesn’t always cut it! I don’t know what the telly situation is down under but I’m betting it’s just as bad as up here with shows like Strictly Come Dancing and the X-Factor also meeting these ‘needs’. OK, in small doses, but I weep at the energy they absorb that might be more usefully applied to… famine, stopping wars, global warming, the drug problem itself and whatnot.

    Rant over! Happy New Year.

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