There are a billion blogs on this planet, and every day a couple of hundred thousand start up and an equal amount wind down. Women and their diaries, men and their accomplishments, kids and their bragging, corporations pretending to be something else.
– and every one out of three of them seems to be a surfing blog, and sometimes one of the hundred thousand surfing blogs is worth hanging onto, despite its challenges to morals and religion and common sense and the rules of engagement.
BR challenged them all, in particular those writers in the thrall of the surfing corporations and their publicists. They had no answer to the voluble monster grown up in their midst.
Rottmouth had no name, and this was the major and only criticism they levelled at him, a subjective criticism – he also welcomed comment from every quarter, and as we know there are some purely liverish bastards out there.
He spoke up, he gathered an audience, he enunciated an unpopular position, and his forum of thought and comment was that place in the bar you wanted to be sat at – So
fuck bless you Brew, and you Enoch, and all that you do, and I’ll have a schooner next time around.
a sad day for surf journalism indeed. although I reckon theres a dozen surf journos drinking a beer to celebrate the end of the mighty Blasphemy Rottmouth.
We are weeping on our keyboards as we type.
Don”t give up the writing Peter.
They won’t quiet us Peter.
the resolve rests with the 99% that had no voice.
the surfzak (muzak)in the proverbial elevator will no longer suffice.
and what brEw proved above all else is that interest is found outside the comfy circle of surf commerce and the readers know it.
I do have the feeling however that the old boy will be back in one form or the other –
One more gaylord done and dusted doing reworks what’s already been done?…
pfffft…. It only took that drunk two years to discover that sarcasm is not an argument.
Somehow, it’s quite obvious that the world will survive.
Well roller, there is another way of looking at it – the writing that is – putting a bunch of words together in a readable manner over a fair period of time and in such a way that they attract a growing readership is better than just a fair effort for mine.
There have always been arguments that free reading (blogs) means it’s worth nothing, and there is the BR argument that paid writing puts you in the pockets of the payers ..
There will come the day when subscriber surfing blogs will have a louder voice ..
[There will come the day when subscriber surfing blogs will have a louder voice]……..another true believer. Not sure if we have any evidence of this. But thank you Petebowes for sticking to it.
Okay – I guess I am showing my ignorance here – but that’s how you learn right ?
Why the stop ?
And why will surf journos either be crying in their beer or cheering ? I mean what was sooo unpopular about someone voicing their opinion ? That’s what blogging is right ? And you don’t have to go look if you don’t like the message. What was it about him that made him (and I am just surmising this from what you’ve said Pete) aggravating to one part of the surfing community ?
He had an insight Jo, and a few friends on the pro competition payroll who confided in him – plus he wished he was born in 1944 –
Free speech has been gagged by the surf industrial complex Jo Bryant.
Everyone is either scared or networking.
The magic of BreW is that the industry reads him to keep up with what the word on the street actually is beyond their control. As if they never were surfers.
It sounds as if the surfing world is a lot poorer for his loss. What a terrible shame something as pure as the connection of man, board, wave has become so commercial. I think that as a non-surfer (don’t hate me for it – I did go out with surfers – I did my bit), that that air of freeness that always seemed a part of it is lost – a shame.