Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Linkety Love

Hi bunnies...

Our Lady of Introspection has decreed, via Twitter, that she is in bed by 9:15 pm today. Sniff. Does that mean no more posts tonight? Also, we thought Charlsie was coming over to work at 8? That was a short session.

Anyway, we're not the only ones who are amused by the train wreck that is NS and its Trio of Banality. So we present to you some NS-related links. Enjoy!

Trainwrecks: Pretty self-explanatory. They do give NS its due attention. We particularly liked this post, with some deleted QOD comments. We were going to post that long-ass one ourselves!

Which brings us to:

There's Something About Mary. This bunny has some serious problems with the Handmaiden of Passive Aggression, but she seems to love Julia. It's baffling. Still, there's some amusement here (and she penned that long note to Mary).

Next: It's a fan page. And a good one, at that.

But we really love:

Boycott These Supporters of A true public service.

But nothing--nothing, bunnies--compares to Baugher, the original NS reblogger. We're just a lame imitation. Baugher's wit and keen parsing is unparalleled; dare I say...ineffable? We only wish she published more frequently.

Reblogging Julia
(Best tagline: Every little thing she does is tragic.)

Any we've missed? Tell us below. (Imagine our Trio pointing downward like they do in their little webisodes.)


  1. there's also Pretty immature at times, and no longer just taking pot shots at NS, but some pretty cutting and funny content on occasion.

  2. Oh, and here's the whole comment that was deleted on QOD:

    Dear Mary,

    I noticed one of your resolutions for the year is to be less bitchy and watch how you say things because you “snap”. Let Mama explain to you why people (ahem) seem to get such a negative response to that kind of behavior.

    You see, the masses are allowed to blow off some steam and then be easily forgiven. We’re all human. But “celebrities” are expected to have a little more decorum. And isn’t that what you are trying to be? At least, a local one? Girl. People who get those kinds of perks, that level of pay, that level of recognition and respect… they have to have more than just their skill or talent (assuming you have either for arguments sake). They also have to be able to maintain the image of being cool, calm, collected, and unaffected. Gracefully handling negative criticism that they are guaranteed to experience repeatedly over the course of their careers. Right from the beginning.

    It’s people who show that kind of elegance right from the start, usually, who get that big break. Anyone “new” is always a risk and someone new with a short fuse is just too much of a risk to count on.

    Also, a touch of humility wouldn’t hurt. You are not entitled to anything. You act as if this blogging is a burden for you to bear like we should feel sorry for you for the choice you made. You are laying in the bed you made. For better or for worse, you knew what you were getting into, you continue to do it, and then you whine and cry about the flipside. No one feels sorry for you. No one is grateful for it, you aren’t saving lives. You are choosing to put yourself out there hoping to make money. With those kinds of intentions, you get these kinds of reactions. There is nothing genuine about you, nothing to root for. None of you are underdogs.

    Let’s just all watch the already priviliged piece together a “business” and never really tell us about their lives at all… just where they go, what they buy, and what they are wearing when they do it. And then lets feel sorry for you when something personal you choose to post gets a negative response and be FINE with you telling your readers to “leave us alone” and “get a life”. Because the reality is, we are all readers. Myself included. You get the clicks because of us. And you then alienate us. Keep doing it and watch your numbers drop.

    You’ve gone off or “snapped” as you call it so many times I can’t even remember every occasion. You are the definition of gauche.

    Personally I don’t really hate you. I don’t really know you. But I hate what you stand for, I hate what you are an example of, and I resent you as a woman for making such a fool out of yourself in so many ways. Because of that, no I do not want you to succeed. No I don’t care if the things I say ever hurt your feelings. Because some of it is snarky but most of it is just true. And someone needs to say it. Seriously.

    You girls talk about being strong women, and then blog about every cliche that’s been done to death. So it’s cheesy, not innovative. You are maintaining female sterotypes with your cliche’s. How do I explain this? It’s okay to like clothes, makeup, to talk about boys, to have PMS. But when you take your life into a public forum you are kind of taking on a responsibility to portray something with the message you are sending. And what you are portraying about women really upsets me. Because you act like that is ALL there is to your lives. “Deep thoughts” fall flat, they come off like we’re reading every young adult novel about a girl growing up and discovering herself for the first time. We’ve all kind of passed that and there are other, more progressive things going on in most of our lives.

    I watched Julia’s interview where she talks about making “fuck you money” and it sounded to me like the only reason she wanted to go to HBS was so she could SAY she went to HBS. I’ve always had a soft spot for Julia for some reason, but that rubbed me the wrong way. If you were smart, knowing people watch these things you put out there, knowing how many, assume that someone from the school will see it. Great opportunity to say some insightful, thought out, respectable response other than wanting to be able to name drop. It’s one thing to be candid and quite another to dig your own grave.

    I wanted to be able to root for your girls. When you all started off I too wanted to see 3 strong, dynamic, and unique women accomplish what they set out to. But you are making this just another fluff site to house advertising. Some advice?

    The advertising is inevitable, but people won’t mind it if you deliver it in a way they respect. If you carry yourselves like people we would want to listen to, to emulate. If you want to be candid, and you want to empower women, why don’t you tell us what it cost you to start this up? Where you got the money from. How you are managing to support yourselves while it builds? Wherever it was it’s ok but tell young women out there what you are going through building your business so they are better prepared to build their own. How do you plan to monetize on this? Julia if you really wish there were more young entrepreneurs, that would be a way to instigate that. Give them the tools and realities, rather than make it seem like it’s all just “happening behind the scenes” when the answer is probably “I have no idea”. Talk about how scary THAT is. Talk about how you get through that. You know, real things that will actually matter to people.

    And then maybe instead of talking about boys and lipgloss and ipods all the time like high school gossip queens, maybe you can talk about what’s going on in our world? Maybe you can tell us about charity organizations, places to volunteer, laws that women should be aware of that are being passed? Why not talk about impressive film, a wonderful unknown artist? If you must talk about relationships, why not talk about things like how to better communicate with your lover or how to feel good about yourself when times are tough?

    Instead you communicate that having a husband is super important and “OMG the clock is TICKING!” and you promote stereotypes that are false and dated. We all burned our copy of “The Rules” a long time ago.

    I just don’t feel like you are using the platform you have created in a genuine positive way. You all walked off the set of Clueless and made blogs, linked them together and “like totally talk about clothes and boys and cell phones and feelings”. Give me a break. Are you living in the real world? You say you live differently, but you’re showing that you are just every cliche that works against women in the first place.

    It’s sad to think of what this could have been.

  3. It looks like one of the beauty PR companies Mary Rambin works with is named Alison Brod PR.

    Does a reputable PR firm with reputable clients really want to be associated with someone like Mary Rambin, who's not exactly an honest and forthcoming blogger? Do these companies know that her audience does not exactly respect or admire her - because she does not respect them? In a polite and succinct way, why don't you let them know?

    Below are just a few of the companies that Mary Rambin, Meghan Asha and Julia Allison are associated with. Some of them are smaller companies that are probably really easy to get in touch with. If you are not pleased with the dishonest way that these ladies run their business, why don't you let their sponsors and associates know about it?

    Alison Brod PR
    Next New Networks
    Blueprint Cleanse
    The Limited
    Celeb Style Jewelry
    Degree Deodorant
    Verizon Wireless
    Yummie Tummie
    Ilus New York Dress Boutique

    If there are more that you can think of, please post them in the comments below.

  4. Meghan is flying to Sundance this week for another sponsor deal, this time with Qik. Do you think she's blow it as badly as she did CES? Are you tired of reputable companies cheapening their brand by associating with these less than truthful "online media mavens?" Let them know about it.

    Qik's blog post re: Sundance -

  5. Friends:

    Which do you think is funnier to laugh at:

    The time that Meghan Asha wrote "suit-o" for pseudo?

    Or the time that Mary Rambin wrote "she she" for chichi?

  6. Not sure which is funnier, but I think it's awesome if people would write in to sponsors Cisco and Kodak to express their displeasure. The terrible three can't delete posts on blogs that don't belong to them :-)

    Kodak and Cisco blog feedback: (Cisco) (Cisco)

    Please write in and tell these folks (and the folks at Zappos) how toxic these girls are

  7. I went over to post at Kodak already! Cisco is next... c'mon you guys, it's your chance.

  8. Extreme radio silence of the Bunnies is making me nervous.

  9. My question is when are Gawker/Valleywag going to pick up on the story of the backlash against Nonsociety?

    We've taken away much of their page views, contacted their sponsors. Fervent supporters (hard to imagine there were some to begin with) are now disgusted.

    The end is NOW and we need to let others know what's going on here!

    I would hate to see another reputable company attach their name to this brand and pay Julia to continue her whoring and endless supply of Diane F. dresses.

  10. Will I be barred as a heretic if I confess I have no desire to spoil NonSociety's relationship with their sponsors. As a connoisseur of their daily idiocies--from whence I derive continual perverse entertainment--I would be happy to see them limp along as they are doing.

  11. Dyspectic - I understand. But for once, I think Nonsociety and especially Julia Allison need to be taught a lesson. Julia may supposedly be the queen of personal PR, but in the end that does not outweigh the power of collaboration and community.

    She's gotten away with this her whole life, and it really is time for it to stop. And her readers whose comments she constantly deletes and tries to silence are the only ones who can do it. She can only silence the truth on her site - not on others.

  12. i feel it is the right thing to do, if i was the sponsers i would really want to know.

  13. I don't know anything about stat counters but per Gawker Nonsociety has nothing near the amount of readers they claim they do. Is this (see link) legit--fewer than 2000 readers?

    Also, for more corporate schilling of the dishonest variety: from the Gawker archives re Meghan Asha:

    Oh, and Dyspeptic,you heretic. Just joking, but yeah I see nothing wrong with contacting the sponsors with legitimate issues. The sponsors have a right to know the shady practices of a business they are associating with and how that association may damage their reputation. Since NS censors critical comments contacting sponsors is one of the only ways critics can make their views known.

  14. This "in bed by 9:15, slept for 12 hours" thing was nothing more than a Twitter alibi because people are noticing that all the nasty comments posted to QOD in the middle of the night are mysteriously nuked almost immediately. As they were that night. God she's transparent.

  15. I thought it was our friend intern Charlsie who does all the deletions?