Ivygate is one of my guilty pleasures because, well, it’s fun to read college bloggers blog about other college blogs, blog. Blog blog. Blog?
Right now the main O.T.R. page, compiling posts from every school, boasts a little bit of everything: YouTube, photoshop, celebrities, Lolcatz, alumni news, course listings, and a surprisingly harsh attack on Penn boys. It’s not entirely professional, but it’s definitely got potential.
Hm. I check the page out and see that Wesleyan is not listed. Well, obviously, I say to myself, since Wesleyan actually has its own unofficial student-run blog and a damned good one to toot. But then I say to myself, “Self, let’s search for Wesleyan and see what pops up in the, oh, week, this site has been operational.” Then I see thiiiiis:
by The Cynical Romantic
07/13/2007 2:53 PM EST (Tags: general info) Welcome one and all to Wesleyan’s new unofficial blog. I am the Cynical Romantic, this blog’s editor. I hope that this blog can function as a place to find out what Wesleyan alums are doing, learn about what’s going on around campus, read interesting commentary on current events, and learn random tidbits of information. I also hope it can coexist peacefully with Wesleyan’s many other student media outlets, offering information and content that isn’t available elsewhere. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
With all due respect, Cynical Romantic, why don’t you smack my grammy and call me Sally, because that sounds awfully familiar?
TheU, never missing the opportunity to commodify the individual college experience into something with mass-market appeal, has sought to control the latest frontier in college culture–the blog. Funny how organically student-run things (*cough* facebook) get swept up in selling out. Makes me tear up a little, you know, in the general way a Sociology major would tear up when confronted with capitalism’s ugly nakedness.
It should be noted, of course, that Xue and I were offered $1,000 each to write for this OTR thing earlier this summer. So the writers are not without their financial incentive to churn out posts. But from the email we got from theU’s recruiter in June, it definitely seemed they preferred to create a collegiate gossip-rag blog, saying literally they wanted something like gawker or perezhilton. This really conflicted with what we were trying to create at Wesleying. So to be fair, what they were seeking out of us wasn’t something we were prepared to offer, so it does make sense that Wesleyan OTR would cover different ground.
So I don’t know. I haven’t completely written off its potential. But I’m not a fan of TheU’s practices thus far as a college marketing franchise (“$4,999 Scholarship for the Hottest Student!”) and thus my opinion of OTR is rather colored by my obviously dry, soviet ideology. It happens. (Though, I am pleased for the obvious blog fodder it offers.)
EDIT: Please read the comments where Xue and I continue the discussion we’ve been having back and forth for hours.