Monday, July 19, 2010

Behind the East Village "blog mafia" joke


There's a nice piece today in Capital by Eliza Shapiro about the collaboration between NYU and The New York TimesThe Local:EV ... She quotes EV Grieve and cites the February post from here that prompted quite a bit of discussion hereabouts.

Eliza's piece has prompted some follow-up stories... There's a well-balanced analysis by Joe Pompeo at the Business Insider titled Should The East Village "Blog Mafia" Really Be Out To "Stop" The New York Times' Hyperlocal Experiment?

Both articles mention a comment that Jeremiah left on the February post in which he wrote:

They need to be stopped, and the EV Blog Mafia can stop them.”

Heh.

Well, for the record, Jeremiah was joking. The "EV Mafia" tag goes back to a reader comment on Blah Blog Blah last September. It was a derisive comment that we found both humorous and fascinating... and it became an inside joke...

In any event, there's not much else to say about the Local at the moment... There are many important societal issues to be addressed in the neighborhood (that some blogs as well as The Villager have covered), such as an uptick in youth violence, a lack of transportation for seniors and a loss of retail diversity. I hope that the LEV will use some of their vast resources to address some of these things...

13 comments:

Melanie said...

Homelessness-hunger-poverty-good causes to support too!!!

Jeremiah Moss said...

humorous indeed. the joke has legs. it's funny how the media has done exactly what the commenter did, which is to turn an imaginary "mafia" into something seemingly real.

still makes me wonder why people want to believe in it so much. i guess it makes for good drama.

EV Grieve said...

@Melanie Indeed!

@Jeremiah Conflict sells!

Karate Boogaloo said...

Way to throw them off the trail EV. They'll get theirs. ;)

lv bags said...

Home is importen ~

Goggla said...

I smell fear...!

esquared said...

i'd like to make l:ev an offer they can't refuse

Jill said...

I'm impressed and inspired by the Anonymous Posse that is providing a real and independent voice to the anarchist outlaw residents of the East Village, you know, the ones who refuse to follow the strict rules set by the Blog Mafia.

Don't Mafia's make money?

EV Grieve said...

Jill,

Please don't mention EV Blog Mafia again... or we'll have your legs broken.

Anonymous said...

Wow....just checked out the NYUlocal whatever......bland and pointless would be my main 2 thoughts.

I did note they made SURE to have the advertising as large as their articles...

oh, and I love the "about the author"

"Jessica Roy is the Editor-in-chief. She began writing for NYU Local by talking about how much NYU Local sucks on her blog"

Anonymous said...

Aside from Jill how many "local" bloggers are native? Maybe everyone should blow it out of whatever place they choose and bow down to the money.
NYU will not die. Whatever they do will become truth, blog and otherwise.
I love EV, Jill and occasionally Jerimiah...but according to history, this is not a battle to win.
If they want to pay you as outside advisors...go for it. Give your kid a scholarship-take it.
Take a closer look at the past. The reign of vapid, overfed rulers is fairly brief. And judging this lot, my guess is this reign will be far shorter than any prior.
As much as I loathe Sting, I quote , "History will teach us nothing."

Jill said...

Show me the money!

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