The Website Formerly Known as Reblogging NonSociety is no more. It was suspended or deleted for a violation of WordPress‘s famous Terms of Service, and let’s just say that the self-hating Julia Allison fangirl community is taking it hard.
Some vague background, because really all I know is vague background here, and for that, I am deeply thankful. Having gone about as far into fandom as one can do without getting a restraining order, I know the level of passion involved, and it’ll be no stranger to anyone who saw that rather unfortunate DeNiro movie. No, not the Fockers, the other one.
Anyway, there’s this person, Julia Allison. She’s an actual person and a decent writer, but she behaves like a fame-seeking android at all times except when she is renouncing fame and talking about settling down with her Rich Geek Boyfriend Du Jour. Let’s call it 99.842% of her life that the android is dominant, and the remaining 0.158% of the time she’s really only link-baiting Gawker.
Gawker. Oh yes, Gawker. This was all their doing, actually, because long ago, in a city far, far away, they plucked an obscure little blossom from her mundanity and bestowed upon her that most current of currencies: fame.
July 6, 2010 Urban Word of the Day
An individual who is willing to do anything, regardless of how humiliating or demeaning, to achieve notoriety.
More often than not, this involves appearing on multiple reality television shows and/or having “private” sex videos “leaked” to the press.
Behold the reason for Julia Allison’s first major coverage in Gawker:
Actually, the condom dress was the most awesome thing she ever did. That took audacity, even for a sex columnist in a gimme paper, and before you laugh reflect on the fact that upon some very flimsy corsets great empires have been built.
Thus, from Gawker to Wired: not just to an article in Wired, but to a COVER STORY in Wired, on how to become an internet fameball (the gender-neutral, sex-trade-worker-positive replacement for “famewhore” that Gawker favours). And, really, who better to explain/personify/demonstrate it? Five years ago she was bumming around New York looking for a gig, any gig in front of a camera or behind a keyboard and within three years she’s on the cover of a Conde Nast glossy, albeit the geekiest one. She even got some venture capital for her website/lifecast/whoknowswhatthehellitwasreally, NonSociety.
One does not rise so far, so fast, without attracting several things:
- attention (see all of the above for details)
- that very complicated, metamorphic and unstable substratum of people who hate themselves for loving you and express this by dogging you, as publicly and as frequently as they can.
It is of these last that Reblogging NonSociety was formed, back in the early days of the interwebs, say, January of 2009 on Tumblr and, after a short, sharp shock in the form of the blog being taken down by Tumblr, on Blogger. After awhile, they decided to move to the (obviously superior) WordPress platform.
So what happened today really shouldn’t come as any surprise.
Reblogging Nonsociety in brief, from, yes, Gawker:
… a website that responds, in exhausting detail, to every single internet movement of our greatest living fameball. NonSociety is Allison’s pastiche-as-business-model lifestyle site, composed mainly of cobbled-together Tweets and corporate-sponsored brand posts. Nothing about NonSociety or Allison’s public persona are terribly noteworthy on a minute-by-minute basis — they’re only worth a post every coupla weeks (like we do it! sigh). And yet this Reblogging blog just keeps posting away with alarming frequency. They manage to find at least one snidely analytical or throwaway thing to say about her every day, seemingly in possession of a never-ending supply of jabs about her looks or talent (lack thereof, etc.) or whatever else annoys people about Allison.
On Tuesday alone, Reblogging NonSociety ran six posts about Ms. Allison, repeatedly calling her a ‘donkey’, running a little ‘photo essay’ called “Donkey In Heat”, and reposting some Vimeo videos. One post’s title read “Proof that Julia Allison Is Not Hot.” They do at least seem aware of how very weird it is that they exist at all. Though we shouldn’t let small moments of self-reflection dilute the fact that, most of the time, these people are somewhat horrible — with comments that are even worse.
Reblogging Nonsociety has been taken down by WordPress.com for violations of the Terms of Service. Here’s the email the admins got when they clicked through the “You’d better contact us, if you want to see your baby again” link on the dashboard of the blog:
Thanks for getting in touch.
WordPress.com greatly respects the rights of individuals to free speech, but sites that are created specifically for the purpose of publicly attacking others are not a good fit for our service. This falls under the “personal attack” category here:
* Posting on this WordPress.com site will remain suspended.
* You have access to export your content, under Tools > Export in your dashboard.
* There are a number of other WordPress hosts. You can find a recommended list at http://get.wp.com/hosting/ , though keep in mind that many have similar rules against hateful sites.
Of course, what they then did was try to outsmart WP.com and start a new blog, which was in turn suspended. Classic behaviour, but if you want to fly under the radar you’ve got to avoid certain keywords or make that puppy private. Private blogs rarely get interfered with, because they are rarely reported by the public for violations or pounced on by lawyers, the public and IN PARTICULAR lawyers being quite specifically excluded, at least if the admins are smart they are. Which they might be (the admins. I refer to the admins, you understand, my opinions about lawyers being already well-known) but not enough not to use keywords right in the title of the new blog, right?
That one lasted 15 minutes or so. Yeah, maybe someone should step back and think things over before taking another action. Now all those poor Julia Roberts fans can’t use that URL ever ever EVER and is that fair? I ask you.
So, anyway, there I am on Twitter, minding my own business or not as per usual, and suddenly someone from WP.com pings me and asks me my opinion, which I gave on Twitter and not in the comments on that blog because the comments section is one of those Must Register, Why Would I Bother, Get Gravatar or Open ID Like a Normal Person.
So it begins:
Enter the aggressively duckfaced, itchy delete-fingered, now-protected (or so she thinks; sometime between 5am and 6:45 my time) MsFitsChicago, whoever she is. She deleted almost all of what she said to me; in related news, when Tweetshots can’t help, isn’t Tweetdeck a marvelous thing? I love social media.
@raincoaster it’s a satire of a public person, and @juliaallison not only participates in chats there, she feeds mods info #freerbns
@raincoaster but to get to chats, the interface is thru wp. Also, it’s okay for two yrs + in the top 100 and (cont) http://tl.gd/7v4okd
@raincoaster her past actions show she was ok with it. All of a sudden, after she starts dating jack mccain, she has a problem with it?
@raincoaster been in media for 15+ yrs there isn’t anything there that any other gossip site wouldn’t be allowed to write re: public figure
@raincoaster @Juliaallison fine, but why aren’t they implementing TOS system-wide? if that is their policy, apply it…to everyone
@raincoaster me, as in me personally? I have nothing to do with running the site
Followed by a couple more “Gee, I’m not invested in that site at all” tweets which were deleted almost as soon as they were posted: before Tweetdeck had a chance to grab them, actually. Or she could have Blocked me, which would have been in keeping with this kind of drama, since going to her Profile showed me the tweets but they never turned up in Tweetdeck. She blocked me either before posting them or very, very shortly after. Because what’s a flamewar without pointless collateral damage, eh?
But it doesn’t take me long to clue in. Hysterical Blocking, deleting of tweets, and then setting your Twitter stream to Private is bog standard in this kind of fangirl fracas, and as you have seen, pretty much entirely useless. It can’t even be refuted on a She Said/She Said level, as those tweets have been deleted. Good work, there! That’s 15 years of media experience for ya! I believe the term you’re looking for is “pwned“.
(almost 20 hours later I STILL don’t know what site she is talking about) Whereupon, we get a random, abortive, confused/confusing attempt at a
To which I made the only logical response:
Mind you, I generally get treated better by upset people when they think I’m a man, but it had to be corrected. Also, I have no idea if ahoova is upset; she’s the author of the post that broke the news of the deletion, waaaaay up at the top of this post.
Penny drops on the deletions when I go to Tweetshot them:
And it is undeniably so, since they’re all still in Tweetdeck except for the two “Ghost Tweets”.
and here we are. Selah.
Posted (yes, reblogged!) here in such detail because I’ve been dying to use Tweetshots like this ever since Hez showed it to me. You remember Hez, don’t you, Julia Fans? She’s smart. Smart enough that her blog is still up, and the one where you attacked a woman with ten times the talent of any of you is… well, where IS it again?
Oh wait, the saga continues. For those who wish to follow it, GetOffMyInternets is intermittently keeping the discussion going. “Intermittently” because the traffic keeps taking the site offline; too bad they’re not hosted at WP.com, eh?