funny how i was just talking about some random spammer on snarky’s site just last week. just a few days ago, someone outed the pcn guy’s identity on the azb forum. it turned out that mike feiman, the marketing guru at pooldawg, is mr. pcn. to say that i’m shocked is putting it mildly. pcn and justin collett (of TAR) has had a long-standing online feud, and one of justin’s friends finally decided to dig around and expose the man behind the famous (or infamous) blog known to say some pretty controversial things. i don’t feel like linking the thread, so go on azb’s forum and dig around yourselves. btw, i didn’t link to the pcn blog because everything has been taken down; the blog no longer exists.
there is no way to really judge who is at fault. i don’t know feiman or collett personally, so there’s no way for me to say who is what. the problem, of course, is that there is no impartial third party to do some hands-on observation. in other words, no one has independent verification on what the truth is. personally, i’ve enjoyed feiman’s blog (as the pcn dude). i didn’t really read his previous stuff (his 1.0 posts) before he shut it down the first time. when he restarted the blog (the 2.0 posts), i found his writing to be entertaining, and often times unique in terms of perspectives and outside-the-boxness. i may be alone in this, but i felt that feiman said a lot of things that probably needed to be said, and he also said a lot of things that i thought people were afraid to say for whatever reason. my gut instinct told me that deep down, he wasn’t writing these things to intentionally hurt people. rather, i felt that he was trying to bring attention to certain issues within the pool industry in general. feiman’s downfall, of course, was the over-the-top insults on some highly visible players in the industry, and possibly a lack of fact check before he named names. you can’t bring that kind of attention upon yourself without getting some kind of retribution. because feiman is heavily linked to pooldawg, i wonder how this whole incident will affect the business. at the very least, i don’t think feiman would attend any future expos or trade shows for quite awhile. it’s just going to be way too awkward. (yes. he even managed to piss off ms. rousey.) it may be smart if he hired a PR person to handle his communications for the time being, but that’s just my opinion.
i myself am an anonymous blogger. however, i’ve always thought that anonymity is a privilege that carries with it a heavy responsibility. because i’m anonymous, i have to be twice as diligent in verifying facts. it is all too easy to slander someone behind a veil; unless i have positive proof or first-hand experience, i don’t write about things i hear. i can’t. in the age of the internet, it’s all too easy to spread rumors and gossip and have it go viral. a person’s reputation is precious; treat it as such.
the interesting observation is that once feiman’s identify has been exposed, there were some folks who were previously friendly to him decided to change sides and made snide remarks about him. i find that puzzling. i have no idea what the motivation was when people do that. so therein lies a cautionary tale: pick your friends wisely. a trustworthy friends is worth his/her weight in diamonds. and in all things, seek truth.
if you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
[p.s. there is a big food contamination scandal occurring in taiwan right now. i wrote a post on it earlier; please read it.]