Why Liv Tyler’s dad is smarter than Darren Rowse
Something was bothering me about the whole amBlogger/proBlogger fit yesterday. Something I couldn’t quite put my finger on till this morning and now it feels like an elephant in the room.
Grab a cup of something and think a little bit about what I’m about to say. That’s because it’s important. Really.
At the time Steven Tyler and the band had literally hit rock bottom. Their old manager wanted to sue Run DMC but Steven Tyler realized something. Jam Master Jay’s stealing of his band’s music made Aerosmith’s songs more valuable. He decided to embrace theft and it revitalized their career.
On the internet most stuff is backwards.
Now back to the Problogger case. And here is the elephant in the room.
Darren’s website design has no value.
If he changed it people might complain but they would still show up. The value is only in the content.
The only way the design would have any value was if it was stolen.
Everything is being remixed.
The Daily Show remixes the news.
Blogs remix other peoples ideas.
The list goes on and on…
And to get pissed when it happens to you just kinda tastes a bit 20th Century to me.
Here’s what Darren should have done. He should have sent Chan a letter saying, “Hey Kid, I see you stole my design, cool. Do me a favor and say inspired by problogger at the bottom and I’ll tell people about it and drive traffic to your site. But tighten up on the content, o.k.?”
Music artists embrace remixes of their music because all it does is bring value back to the original. When I link to someone on this site and write about it, it increases the value of the original. When Probloggers design was stolen it brought nothing but value back to the original.
It’s a can’t lose situation. If the amBlogger’s site sucked folks would say they like Darren’s site better. If amBlogger was good people would still give Darren credit for it’s existance in the first place. Darren would just be expanding his brand.
Now go get yourself mugged.
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