By Steve Outing
I’m consistently delighted by some of the stuff that users post to our Enthusiast Group websites — which are citizen media based online communities geared for sport enthusiasts. And because we don’t censor or restrict what gets posted, some “interesting” content appears from time time to time — stuff that I just can’t imagine finding a home in traditional media.
Take this story, “Explosion on the Prow,” posted by a user to YourClimbing.com. It’s the story of a Yosemite climb with a real character who has a, umm, shitty mishap on the rock. It’s very funny and clever, and even includes a cartoon accompaniment. I suppose maybe a climbing magazine editor with a warped sense of humor might let this in, but I doubt it would turn up on the Outdoors pages of a newspaper. But we’re happy to have it appear on YourClimbing.com.
Bad taste? Should we exercise our editorial perogative and unpublish a story about a climber getting diarrhea mid-climb? Of course not. That would be old media, gatekeeper thinking.