Discussion in 'TalkBeer AMA' started by Os, Jan 6, 2017.
Well...this thread seems to have taken a turn.
Regardless of how well you actually separate influences between your agency relationship and editorial purity, you've won me over with these two statements. Gonna go give your website a few clicks, srs.
Ha, well, he blocked me too. And he is really petty. But I still like his writing. Although he clearly botched that Cantillon piece.
He apparently doesn't understand the meaning of social media. He just wants another outlet to post his crap but wants no criticism.
I think he sucks
I definitely think that's his sweet spot, and his audience. He's certainly not trying to write about geek beers for geeks — there seems to be some sort of allergic reaction in him to such an idea. Not sure if it was all the backlash he got, or a deeply seated principle he had prior to writing about beer, but it comes through. Still, I think he's a good example of what ObsessiveCTBrewer was asking about, despite his flaws. Any others you like more/differently?
I think it's unlikely (and probably undesirable) to get a Robert Parker in beer simply because our culture no longer rewards expertise as much as the wisdom of the crowd, for better and worse. There are significant cons to having a figure like Parker. Their ratings and opinions can start to shape an entire industry in the direction of their personal palate. But they can also help drive conversations about quality that the crowd is usually unequipped to have beyond a simple rating or clear off flavors.
Right now, I think we have a pretty workable system whereby the crowd helps elevate the styles and newcomers they find interesting through aggregate data. And then a leading critic, were there to be one, could help separate the real stars from the trendy entries.
The irony is that the best way to grow your social media (or get your crap seen/read) is with replies/discussion/debates, even if they are mainly negative. Social media favors posts that are...social. #whodathunk
He seems to like having conversations with people just fine, but yeah, he's a bit like a caged animal when he sees a beer geek coming. He must feel a bit insecure in his industry/brewing knowledge. He's much more comfortable on the consumer experience side of things. Good deals, tasty beverages, that sort of thing.
You mean the Alstrom Bro's aren't our Robert Parker?!
bonus points for the natalie photoshopper if we can get a robert parker in a suicidal tendencies flippy hat.
Me: “Hm I wonder who this guy is…”
Uh okay. I just searched through my twitter archive and I’ve never @mentioned him so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Probably saw you reply to dontdrinkbeer or some other beer geek-centric account and preemptively banned you.
Will does seem to really, really hate "Sean" Hill...
I wonder if we can get a Will Gordon AMA
Unrelated, but TIL that people wipe their ass while standing
I just did a quick glance at his Twitter because I've never heard of him:
1. He tweets too much.
This is a scathing review in Britain. Thank you, centuries of emotional repression!
tosh can back that up.