Blackball 2.0

Steve Gillmor invited me to be a guest on the new edition of his Gillmor Gang gabfest, which was recorded yesterday afternoon. The main topic was the offer by Netscape’s Jason Calacanis to pay real money to the top “social bookmarkers,” a move I wrote about last week. So there we were in the middle of the show, burrowing down the usual rat holes, when TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, whom I’ve never met or even spoken with, suddenly announced that he would resign from the Gang if Nick Carr was allowed to be a regular member.


Don’t worry, Mike, I won’t accept any future invitations to be on the show. The last thing I want is to become known as the Yoko Ono of the Gillmor Gang.

15 thoughts on “Blackball 2.0

  1. Thomas Otter

    Overquoted but somehow fits, I think.

    I sent the club a wire stating, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

    Groucho Marx

  2. Scott Wilson

    I don’t suppose it would have anything to do with your having referred to him as “…the madam of the great Web 2.0 brothel TechCrunch” in your Edgeio post a few months ago.

    Some people just don’t know how to take a compliment.

  3. Mike Drips

    Is there a space problem where his ego wouldn’t fit in the room if you attended or is this about him always getting picked last for dodgeball?

  4. mathewi

    For what it’s worth (which likely isn’t much), I think that’s pretty dumb. I mean, it’s not as if you’re Dave Winer. And that was a pretty good line about the brothel.

  5. Rob Jones

    But Nick, you’re not part of the Arrington clique, how dare you express an opinion! You’re supposed to just agree. Get with the programme! Fit in!

    I guess you’re not going to the pool party then?

  6. Prometheus

    I tend to agree with Mike Arrington. Perhaps not debating with you is a mistake, but I do find your writing laden with condescention, cynacism and put downs.

  7. Tish Grier

    This whole thing was funny yesterday, and it just got sillier today.

    Who knew that tech guys were such prima donnas? Being a girl, and just a novice media writer, I don’t get to be social with tech guys too much, so I’m shocked by the high dudgeon. Could hear Arrington’s indignant fan-snap all the way out here in the boonies.

    Oh well. Can we call you Yoko now, Nick?

  8. Brad

    Although I’m sure you kick dogs in your spare time, I wonder if this has anything to do with those whose blogs are popular for their “scoops” (aka links) being intimidated by those whose blogs are popular for their sharp analyses.

  9. Bob McIlree


    Waiting patiently for Godwin’s Law to kick in here my friend…:)

    Alas, those with thin skin and/or a lack of spine don’t last very long in these parts. Keep the faith and actually, I wish you’d stay on that podcast (or participate in somebody else’s). I don’t always agree with you, but your voice has been, and still is, vital to the community.

  10. will

    Madame is a little harsh, but I know why the term for Arrington is actually somewhat accurate. I have no idea how many of the companies he blogs about he own equity stake in. But rumour has it that he owns a stake in RapLeaf, and blogs about it constantly pumping his own shares without ever disclosing it. When a comment on his own blog questions him on this exact topic, it gets taken down / censored right away (this I’ve seen myself trying to link to the comment) . . .

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