In the spirit of disclosure, which seems to be a big topic today on blogs (and link to other blogs) I must admit I am a big fan of KTR. Look to the right on my huge list of blog-folk I have there. Kill Ten Rats is in the list. Right near the top! (Please, don’t get into semantics on how many are actually on my list to begin with. KTR is top two baby!) I was a very, very late bloomer in the blogoshphere (see? I don’t even know the hip word used for that sort of description) and it was one of the first I read regularly while planning my own blogomination.
Ethic made a post today that piqued my interest. Were the corporate overlords trying to sway my beloved ad free daily reading of choice? Were they being wined and dined? Were hookers involved? I wanted to comment – only to see that comments were locked. I planned to make a fun jab at my peers along the lines of ‘anything titled “Full Disclosure” shouldn’t be closed’ (haha, badum-ching, lol, _insert other cliche here_) but the truth of the matter is I was very curious as to whether the article itself was prompted from within the authors, from the readership, or to keep the corporate virus at bay. Keep in mind it had absolutely no bearing on how I felt about the KTR guys, or the site – it was just that damn curiosity. What would prompt a post like that? Google had no answers! The post itself reminded me of a police scene with gigantic yellow caution ribbons criss-crossed over 6 city blocks and the army, air force, national guard, and local police surrounding it reminding people to move along because there is nothing to see. The fun part of that is with no ribbons highlighting the fact there is something to see people wouldn’t stop in the first place.
Armed with the deductive powers of Nancy Drew, I had surmised that Ethic must have been getting some offers and was tired of receiving them – so figured he would stop others from trying the same. [ed. note -am I right? huh? Shameless attempt to get Eth to post here – you can have my WoW account if you do!] It seems a choice was made based on a personal set of values to not accept the gifts, and to make sure people knew it. Like most choices made on moral ground it is open to scrutiny from those who have a different set. A little free account doesn’t measure up to much. Either does a little bit of weed. While I respect his choice to not accept anything free from any company he may (or may not) post a public opinion about I tend to lean on a bit of a different side – that I would prefer he take an account (if he hadn’t planned on buying it himself), give it a whirl, and let us know what his honest thoughts were about it. Like this guy, (who also covered this topic much better than I) who I also read, I read because I respect his opinion regardless of whether I agree with it or not. And I am pretty sure any regular reader of any particular blog would be able to call BS if the author suddenly tried to pull wool over everyone’s eyes for the almighty dollar. Reading comments on the other blogs who have covered this some people take it as very serious news, and a very scary tinfoil hat slope of danger one should not tread upon. Would you rather have the information from a marketing department, or a source you trust?
I guess the fun part of the entire thing is how one small post can balloon into a giant blogcentric code red. Whose blog can you trust* nowadays?
*note – this article was NOT brought to you by EA Mythic, makers of Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning.