Reading about negative responses from bloggers to the news that Metallica has rejoined iTunes reminds me that brand destruction by blog attack is way overrated, even when supplemented by the NY Times. Metallica's always been able to undermine their relationship with their fans for more effectively than could any group of bloggers unless, of course, those bloggers had a history of being followed by Metallica fans.
Though XXL can be considered a true low point in the brief history of online publishing, they do have Tara Henley blogging for them. I have to say she's giving the Stans and geeks a lesson in how it's done.
Creepy geeky Stans, listen up!
Reading the comments relentlessly proves her every point.
Jason Silverman reminds director M. Night Shyamalan that an informed critic with a platform remains a potent threat to one's brand when one's work slips [further?] into mediocrity, Web 2.O'Reilly not withstanding.