Prominence Versus Influence

Recently a well-known Internet marketeer did a local in-person song and dance to NYC publishers. His banalities were tweeted. Today a YouTube of his yak-up was posted and I decided I’d wait until I was on my deathbed and needed a push through Death’s Door to view it.

I name no names, of course.

There are people who do the Circle Jerk Mouth Circuit. We see the same few names over and over again.

And we are led to believe that this prominence is equal to influence.

Here’s an article to wake up all of you:

The Wizard of Beck

Over the years, I have asked many politicians what happens when Limbaugh and his colleagues attack. The story is always the same. Hundreds of calls come in. The receptionists are miserable. But the numbers back home do not move. There is no effect on the favorability rating or the re-election prospects. In the media world, he is a giant. In the real world, he’s not.

Red boldfaced emphasis added by me.

I am becoming speedily disillusioned with the Party Line of the Internet, with all the bleatings that are repeated over and over as truisms yet never quite seem to work when let loose into the real world.

It’s only the real world that matters.

Because that’s where the people are.

And those people have the money.

Things don’t get done by those who talk.

They get done by those who do.

— thanks to a tweet by @lefsetz

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