I've made it personally clear that I believe that media is the most effective way to influence CCP rather than the CSM, and won't be running for CSM8.Obviously, CSM7 would disagree with that position, and perhaps not surprisingly I do too. But it's for different reasons.
I brought up this exact point when I appeared on the Declarations of War podcast with half of the active members of CSM7, only to have the premise rejected by them in a big way. You could practically feel the discomfort coming off them. "Why not use the bully pulpit to communicate from time to time?" was my question, and the response was almost C-3PO-like in its prissiness: "That just wouldn't be proper." While I get and totally support the importance of maintaining a good relationship with CCP, I was just having a hard time understanding what was wrong with a little media influence on the side. ;-)
Maybe I'll feel differently in a few months, but right now I doubt it.
Which is why I disagree with the quote: it's the "either-or" aspect to it that I disagree with. If you can have an influence as a CSM member and you can have an influence by getting various forms of media involved, it seems a little silly to me to dismiss one avenue. Does one avenue diminish the other? Mittens himself certainly had good luck mixing and matching, as did Mynxee before him. Hell, a cynical man would argue that it's practically the whole reason I'm running: I've got the "niche blog" thing covered and am looking to expand...
Second quote I adored was this one, from JadeCougar of Li3 Federation:
The truth is... who gives a fuck!Yeah, it's profane and yeah it doesn't say a whole lot... but that's kinda why I like it. Because without intending to, it does say a lot. The story behind this quote is that through mistakes Jade made, his alliance got its alliance wallet stolen to the tune of about 21 billion ISK... from a player that was part of the alliance for all of about three days. It was a rather epic scam. The TMC article basically tells the story through alliance mails.
I've known Jade on and off for a couple of years now. He's a really good guy and absolute kudos to him for taking full responsibility for his failures in this theft. It wouldn't have happened had he been paying a modicum of attention to what he was doing, and he says that flat-out.
The interesting thing to me about this story is how little it means on the surface. I think a lot of us have been watching these kinds of thefts for a long time now. For a while, I was tempted to start tracking them and have a tag just for them. A lot of players joined EVE frankly because the opportunity to launch an epic corp theft was what they wanted to do in New Eden. Until a month ago, I was getting worried that corps were getting too good at security to get taken in by this sort of thing. Then this happened, to the tune of 1.5 trillion ISK.
And for that reason it's kind of interesting how petty this particular theft was. 21 billion? Psh. That's about the size of the Guiding Hand Social Club heist. From 2005. ;-) It's not surprising that Jade was pretty casual about it...