Arrington notes that Skeptic, the brilliant Devil’s Advocate 2.0, has been identified (but without naming his/her name yet.) I’ll admit it, Dead 2.0 is my favorite “Web 2.0” blog right now and it’s because it mixes anecdotal humor, truthiness, and the right splash of exaggeration. I personally don’t care who writes it, I’ll still read it.
The problem with the current state of “Web 2.0” blogs is that many are afraid to actually speak their minds. I spoke my mind about the TechCrunch redesign back 4 months ago and now my comments are blacklisted at TechCrunch — price of my opinion I suppose. The problem is that everyone has a startup or a story they’re peddling to a bigger name blogger, so they have to watch what they say lest they upset the Web 2.0 gods and don’t get their hot product featurette.
Nick Douglas and Skeptic have upset the A-List brethren many times over, probably because nobody likes to hear the company they’re 1) starting, or 2) investing in sucks the big one and is worthless. I tend to get the most worked up about things I’m upset over, so that’s why I write more frequently about companies I think are doing things wrong rather than the ones that are doing things right.
I honestly don’t care who is writing Dead 2.0, why they decided to hide in the first place, or any other conspiracy theories — I just know that the author sees the Web industry the same way I see it, and I’ll always be a reader.
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