I’m amused by the frequency with which I find myself telling people variations on “It’s not my fault your business model sucks!” these days. Did I just not notice how much people try to push responsibility for their failures on others before this, or is this a phenomenon that is actually worsening with the passage of time?
In response to the recent Chip’s Quips entry titled Revolting peasant metaphor, I found myself pointing out to some apparently chronic whiners that a failure to produce content people want to read or to promote it effectively is not the fault of me, of society, of the technologies in use, of the A-list webloggers, or even (at least for the most part) of one’s parents. It is, in fact, largely the fault of poor writing, poor choice of subject matter, poor judgment of what the public wants to see, poor goal identification, and/or poor marketing for the Internet market (hint: trackbacks/pingbacks have a significantly positive social effect on your weblog’s incoming link love, so don’t be stingy — this Web 2.0 thing’s core economic point seems to be encouraging good behavior though technological mechanisms rather than authoritarian enforcement). This sort of approach to telling people to get over themselves seems to be a regular hazard of reading the common whinging of t3h Intarw3bs these days.
Is this a growing social phenomenon? Is this tied to the apparent growth of entitlement culture, fed by Democratic politicians’ election campaigns and left-wingnut exhortations to redistribute wealth until everyone is equally destitute? Is there some connection between the C-list webloggers’ whining about lack of A-list success and the trend in recent decades of increasingly validating the impulse in toddlers (of all ages) to blame everyone but themselves for “enabling” their failures and stupidities?
Should we blame “society” because your business model sucks?
Ninety-eight percent of your failures are your own damned fault. Learn from your mistakes so that percentage doesn’t climb.