October 26, 2001I WON'T COME IN YOUR MOUTH...
Long before I started this weekly column, Steve 'CULTTVMAN' Iverson's weekly Sunday SF Digest was firmly established. Each week Ivie puts out an e-mail newsletter that covers a wide gambit of information surrounding the hardware and science fictional side of the modeling hobby. If you don't subscribe, you should! A lot of good info to be found within!
Over the last year or so he started running articles submitted by our mutual friend, David Merriman. David's words of wisdom usually fall into two categories...
1) A tone of distaste and superior distain towards those he calls simple 'Model Assemblers', as opposed to scratchbuilding 'Model Makers'...or
2) Step-by-step instructional articles covering a variety of Scratchbuilding endeavours. (Usually sprinkled with tidbits from #1).
Each time one of David's words of prose is featured in Ivie's Digest, you can bet the farm that if you go to Ivie's bulletin board you will find what quickly becomes a multipaged thread, usually condemning his words of wisdom. And of course, Ivie now has fill-in material from the numerous e-mails he receives on the side to fill out the next five Digest issues.
Unfortunately the reader's of his Digest haven't caught on to this game of his, and fall for the hook each and every time!! Once again it serves Ivie with three purposes... a) increased traffic to his bulletin board, b) fodder for future Digest issues, and c) the ability to ride in on his white horse and bestow calm upon the land! All through the words of someone else! A neat trick!
Many readers, though, continue to wonder why Ivie has to revert to Merri-ism's, and an ever increasing number have unsubscribed to the Digest in distaste because of the inclusion of David's pearls of wisdom.
The Sunday before last, October 14th, was no exception. Ivie ran a lengthy Merriman piece which concerned David's distaste of idiots who go on & on about nitpicking technical details on various SF type ships, but never get off the computer long enough to build anything! It definitely came under the #1 category, and in typical Merriman fashion, used every name in the book in ridiculing everyone!
In Sunday's Digest, October 21st, Scott 'Captain CBoard' Alexander's letter to Ivie was published. For those that do not subscribe to the Digest, Scott kindly allowed me to quote said message, and I've included Ivie's reply...
Now I support Ivie's stance 100%! It is his digest, just as this Sprue column is mine, and he can feature any written piece penned by whomever, anyway he wants to!! But in replying to Scott's letter, he not only pretty much blew him off, but he could, at least, have the integrity to answer the man honestly!!
The fact of the matter is Ivie does edit. Regardless of what he says back to Scott, when I first read David's piece in the October 14th Digest, it just sounded too tame for my good friend David, and said so on Ivie's Bulletin Board. David was kind enough to say I was correct, and promptly forwarded his original, unedited prose my way! I discovered upon reading the original that Ivie had edited what finally ended up in his Digest pretty extensively!!
Nothing wrong with that. Again, it's his Digest. Edit away!! But why lie to your subscribers about it?! Honestly, Ivie, the job of an editor is to edit. Nothing to be ashamed of, son! And as editor, you do have a responsibility to your readership... You make the time! Otherwise why bother?! I know Scott's a busy man too, but he found the time to write out a lengthy, concise concern that I'm sure he felt strongly about. Your answer was more demeaning than Merriman's pieces could ever achieve!
Then again, maybe it's just me!
This Friday marks the first day of the CHILLER THEATRE Expo being held in the Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ all weekend long!!
Once again I'll be in the Model Contest Room all day Saturday, between 9:00am - 6:30pm, so please stop by the room and introduce yourself!!! I look forward to seeing all the new kits since last April, meeting old and new friends and talking about our favorite hobby for three full days!!
Hey! I finally get to meet Ivie face to face!! Can't get any better than that!!
Til next week...