Reality TV And How It Is Corrupting Society

I don’t know about you guys but I dislike reality TV shows, I could almost go so far as to say that I hate reality TV shows. Although it’s existed for quite awhile it probably didn’t really take off until Big Brother aired in 1999, and I am ashamed to admit that I actually watched that, and was amused by it, the first time around. I can’t explain it, more likely than not I was sucked in by the pleasurable looks emitted by the rest of the family.

Now reality TV is all but taking over all programming space available. We have Survivor, The Biggest Loser which is about a bunch of people trying to lose weight when in reality the biggest losers are the morons watching it. Let’s not even go into Dancing With The Stars, which ain’t half bad if you like perving at scantily clad women, The Apprentice, Fear Factor and the list goes on, and on and on.

I must admit when I heard that there was a tragic bus accident in California that involved a whole heap of sluts that were about to star in the new VH1 reality series The Road To Knoxville where 18 scantily clad women, no wonder they say sex sells, vie for the heart of stuntman Johnny Knoxville.

I was shocked when I saw the following clip and almost did not post it because it was so horrifying, but then thought that people had the right to know what was happening in the world around them. A word of warning to those who are offended by slutty behavior including tit flashing and the use of the F Bomb.

Oh, about the heading, it didn’t really have anything to do with the post, I just wanted to get your attention. Don’t forget to tweet this baby if you thought it made your day.

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There was a time, not all that long ago, when I wrote one of those ‘killer posts’, not that I consider it one of my better posts, but because of one thing or another it went viral for a short time. That post was called Why I No Longer Link To The Likes Of ProBlogger And John Chow, and to date it’s had 217 comments, close to 4000 view and sits at the top of the ‘Popular Post’ ladder.

What sent the post viral was the involvement of a couple of ‘A Listers’, and I’m not mentioning any names so that I don’t get accused of link baiting again. Those very same A Listers said that the reason they didn’t respond to their commentators was because they ran their blogs as a business and taking the time to reply to comments would only hurt their business. Anyway, that post led me to doing a followup called Will Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success because I wanted to find out how many people felt the same way as the A Listers or if, like me, they felt replying to comments was actually favorable to their blogs.

That post included the Poll Can Commenting Harm Your Blogging Success and I also included it in the sidebar so as to give it maximum exposure. This post is to discuss the results of the poll. Of the 106 people who voted 88, thats 83%, said that comments would not harm your blogging success. On.y 18 or 17% said it would and they would probably include an A Lister or two.

One has to remember that we’re talking about replying to those people who comment on your blog. The big boys would have us believe that replying to the very people who are the life’s blood of their blog would take too much time, time that could be better served elsewhere, running their online business. Sort of makes you wonder how those of us who work full time, run several blogs and still have time to reply to comments manage.

Personally I think it’s a choice that individuals make and I’m fine with that. I’m just glad that I’m not the only one who believes that taking the time to reply to those people who leave a comment is not a waste and is actually beneficial in improving your name/brand.

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Interview With Maddy Cuttsworth Over PR Update


How fortunate was I to have run into Maddy Cuttsworth, one of Google’s big boys, and to have him agree to an interview. How lucky are you, my loyal readers, to have access to this exclusive interview with one of the most famous faces behind the huge Google machine.

Naturally, once I got him on his own I wanted to grill him, to learn as much as I could about what Google sees as important as far as PR updates are concerned.

Exclusive Interview With Maddy Cuttsworth

Sire:  First let me welcome you to WassupBlog, I’m sure my readers are waiting with baited breath to learn all that they can from you Maddy.  Before we start, how’s the cappuccino? Does the fact it’s laced with truth serum affecting the taste at all?

Maddy: Truth serum?

Sire:  Never mind that Maddy, let’s get on with the interview shall we? I’m sure my readers would like to know what Google considers important when handing out it’s PR. Take dofollow vs nofollow, for example, is it true that Google would penalize dofollow blogs.

Maddy: Nope, sure Google would like people to believe that Google would frown on dofollow blogs as it upsets the figures collected by our bots, but it’s all too hard to monitor so we don’t bother with it. It’s enough that we spread the rumors that it could harm their ranking and then we let bloggers willing to spread the rumor run with it.

Sire: So, are you saying that when I posted The Myth That Dofollow Leaches Your PR,  I the nail right on the head?

Maddy: (frowning) Yeah, we weren’t at all happy when we saw that.

Sire:  OK. Most people would agree that a blog’s PR should reflect the quality of the content as well as the popularity of the blog itself. Would you agree with that?

Maddy: Yes, of course.

Sire: Well then, can you tell me why my What A Load Of Bullshit blog has never gone above PR0, especially considering it is both popular and has good content?

Maddy: It’s because of the name of the blog. Google does not like profanity.

Sire: So you’re saying it’s because Google does not like the word bullshit. Don’t you realize that bullshit is NOT a dirty word? So you’re trying to tell me if the site was called What A Load Of Cow Manure, it would have a better PR even though the former name would be more accurate?

Maddy: Well yes.

Sire: Seems to me that Google is a bit up itself, but let’s move on shall we? I and a lot of others have noticed that the A Listers of the world tend to have a higher PR even though their blog posts are no better than many of the other bloggers out there. Why is that?

Maddy: I think I can safely say it’s because they do all the right things to make Google happy.

Sire: Oh, so it’s not all about content, it’s just that they are so far up Google’s ass that Google rewards them. Seems a little biased wouldn’t you say?

Maddy: Well yes, but how else can we get people to conform to what we want?

Sire: So Google is more into conformity than it is about quality? Now, let’s tackle those bloggers who have been Google Slapped because they decided to do paid tasks or accept paid links on their blogs. Why is that?

Maddy: Well, it upsets our statistics so we let it be known that we don’t like it.

Sire: So it has nothing to do with the fact that it also affects your bottom line?

Maddy: Yes, that too.

Sire: So once again PR is more than just ranking a site on quality it’s also about making sure they once again conform to Google’s rules.

Maddy: Why am I all tied up, and who the hell are you?

Sire: Oops, looks like you’re all out of cappuccino there Maddy. Reckon that concludes our little interview. Thanks so much for being part of Wassup for today.

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