Remember when you were a kid and you’d play hide and seek? Ah, those were the days. Remember what you’d used to yell when you wanted everyone to come out of hiding? You’d scream, “Olly, olly, oxen, free!” Well, I’m calling “olly olly oxen free” to the anonymous blog commenters of the world.
This post was prompted by a few comments on my post last week where I lamented the homogenization of the photo and video worlds. In that post, I included two promo videos to illustrate my point. One by Florida photographer Scarlett Lillian, and the other by Arkansas photographer Lauren Harris. The latter had a promo video that was almost shot for shot identical to Scarlett’s. It struck me as funny and a good extreme example of my point.
Then an anonymous commenter (aka “Nobody”) said it was a joke using Scarlett because this person felt Scarlett was a knock off of famed Orange County photographer Jessica Claire. Then another anonymous commenter (aka “Somebody”) said the it was absurd to even mention Ms. Lillian (whose last name is actually Williams) in the same sentence as Ms. Claire. (Seems to be a lotta love for Ms. Claire out there. Hey, do you think Jessica worries about imitators of her as much as other people worry about imitators of her? Just curious. But, I digress). Then a third anonymous person (I’m assuming he/she was anonymous because the name they left was “Dick Dastardly” and the website they left was imadick.com)…anyway, this person left a comment asking me to comment on the short film “Engage” being a knock off on Vincent Laforet’s “Reverie.”
So, I started thinking, why don’t they just own up who they are? What are they afraid of? That Scarlett will open up a can of whoop-ass on them? (I don’t think she’s that tough). Or that the creators of “Engage” (PhotographyMentor.com co-founders Robert Evans and Curt Apanovich) will not invite them to their next big Vegas bash? (Rob’s such a nice guy, I’m sure he’d forgive you.) Or were they afraid of me? (which I find hard to believe because I’m really not all that scary). It’s just baffling.
For what it’s worth, I have more respect for anonymous commenters when they are praising someone, or giving a generous cash donation. When you leave an anonymous comment to bash somebody (even if that person may deserve it), I think it’s cowardly. (Unless you’re giving the FBI 411 on some mafioso or something and your life’s in danger). Otherwise, be a man/woman and say who you are. Or, don’t say anything at all.
So, I’ll be happy to address and answer your comments if you would be so kind as to tell us who you really are. Or, get someone braver than you to claim your comment on your behalf. Don’t worry, we won’t know the difference. Well, actually, I might if the I.P. address is different than the original. I considered publishing the I.P. addresses of the anonymous people, but I decided against it. That wouldn’t haven been cool.
Am I off base here? What do you think? Anonymous comments welcome, despite this post. 🙂