I recently got an angry email from someone who asked that I not use their weblog to “promote your site. I’ve already heard more about it than I ever wanted to on the Gibson board.”
Wow! I must admit that I find this reaction baffling. Quite a few people have directed intense criticism about this project as if it had something to “promote” other than Gibson’s new novel apparently assuming that I have “Bigend-like” exploitation in mind.
There are no links here to anything other than reviews and some other fansites. The original intention was to create something interesting that would be of value to other Gibson fans. Inspired in part by by Anton Rauben Weiss’s William Gibson aleph site and Joe Clark’s PR-Otaku, I hoped to create a reference that would be of value to other fans. I also thought that othe fans who took the time to write blog entries about their enthusiasm for Gibson’s work would also find the site of interest.
Strangely, the most venomous criticism appears to be about the very IDEA of this blog [and its sister site the Node tumblog]. I haven’t really heard much criticism about the content itself. With that in mind, I will discontinue any attempts to directly “promote” anything on the Gibson discussion board or anywhere else and apologize for any trauma I may have inadvertantly triggered.
If you have something constructive to add, please pass it along here. I would love to know how I can make this resource better.