You may recall that a few days ago we cataloged a litany of multi-platform complaints about the new TCJ.com in terms of its editorial guidance and web design.
Now, normally these days when the internet goes after you, there are a couple of standard responses. Either you:
a) Get your point person online and defend yourself, igniting a comment war and building even more traffic for your site. Or
b) you check into sex rehab.
It seems the Journal staff has done neither of these, and there’s been nary a peep of public response to any of the bitching and moaning. UNLESS…this is what Kenneth Smith was doing:
The crisis consists in late-capitalism’s universe of incurable egocentric self-delusiveness, the all-too-easily-organized and delirial self-denial by means of which materialist and imperialist societies positively drive toward such cataclysms, over and over.
It’s no fun when the other guy doesn’t play.
UPDATE: Gary Groth has stepped out on his balcony to finally address the issues:
Cosmetic shortcomings and functional glitches aside, we set our sights very high and some of the major initiatives we had planned are going to need further tinkering before we’re satisfied that they’re ready to be unveiled. For example, we don’t want to fully launch a regular news posting until we know we can deliver the kind of regular, in-depth journalism that has long been missing from the Internet’s coverage of the comics field.
Our primary aim, however, was to channel the range of thoughtful, confrontational, probing voices that make up The Comics Journal into a site that is true to the magazine’s sensibilities and unlike any other place on the Web. We wanted to take both the magazine and Internet comics coverage places they’ve never been before, and that is a goal that we are proud to see taking clearer and clearer shape every day.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.