Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] lets urinate on the poor journo?

Megan Fitzgerald MeganF@diabetesnsw.com.au
Mon, 08 Apr 2002 11:21:47 +1000

Tom,  very well said.

I agree that the comments made in the Hartford Courier were not the most desirable but I have pity for this poor journo who could be receding a mass of angry letters about his review.  Journos run on tight deadlines, report on varied issues (business one day, music the next)  and can finish a story only to have it changed before going to print.   That's why all criticism should be addressed as 'letter to the editor'.  There's no chance your comments will be printed if you do it any other way.  

It's obvious that this guy knows very little about the oils but  I don't think that he should be slagged, I think offering to correct him is a better way to go about this.

Anyway, there are plently of nasty oil reviews out there....people arn't idiots they make decisions to buy products on their own, not on some newspaper review.


>>> "Tom Giffey" <tom.giffey@web1.ecol.net> 04/06/02 01:59pm >>>

Hi everyone.

As a longtime Midnight Oil fan, I can't disagree more with Mr. Danton's assessment of *Capricornia,* which I think should be counted among the band*s best work. However, having read the angry reactions to the review posted on Powderworks, some of which have apparently been sent to Danton, I'd like to offer my personal perspective to the discussion.

I work as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Last May, a member of the rap group Insane Clown Posse got into a bar fight here in Eau Claire. I happened to be filling in for the court reporter a few days later (I usually write about politics) and I noticed he had been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Since he is a somewhat prominent figure, I figured the case was interesting and wrote a short story about it. I immediately began to get extremely angry and even violent e-mails from ICP fans. At first I thought they were funny, and wrote a humorous column about the experience. The fans didn't take kindly to the column, either, and over the course of a few days I got dozens of even angrier and more profane e-mails. Three of them were explicit death threats. (A sample subject line: *I HOPE YOU DIE MOTHERF*****!!!!!*) I didn*t think the situation was funny anymore.

So what*s my point? I believe (at least I sincerely hope) that fans of the Oils have too much intelligence and class to send death threats or even profanities to those who dislike or criticize the band. I*ve been a member of this list for 7  years and have had the privilege to observe many great Powderworks discussions and even meet some of you kind, friendly Powderworkers in person. 

However, the angry words that have been flying have given me pause. I would encourage anyone who feels the urge to e-mail Danton to take a few deep breaths before sitting down at the keyboard. Be constructive and kind in your criticism, don*t swear, insult or threaten, and realize most of all that he*s just another working newspaper stiff who probably has to listen to dozens of discs a week, most of which he probably dislikes. He didn*t like this particular one, either. Maybe he doesn*t care for the band in general. Maybe his lunch disagreed with him. Maybe he doesn*t like cows. Simply put, give the poor guy a break. After all, if you want to convince somebody that the Oils are a talented band with a vital message and admirably loyal fans, don*t threaten to urinate on him.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Luke Blackbourn" <lblackbourn@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Apr 2002 19:26:20 +1000

<html><div style='background-color:'><DIV>
<P>If there is one thing we can all unite on, perhaps it could be to urinate on Mr Danton if he should show up at any Oils-related event, as I think his ignorance is permanently ingrained. I look forward to numerous emails from Hartford confirming the deed has been done.</P>
<P>PS they're not a quintet, they're a band. Maybe he is a frustrated high-brow composer.<BR><BR></P></DIV>
<DIV></DIV>>From: "Chris Nelson" <SPORTO219@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
<DIV></DIV>>Subject: [Powderworks] Capricornia review in the Hartford Courant 
<DIV></DIV>>Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 23:22:45 -0500 
<DIV></DIV>>The following review appeared in the Hartford Courant on 4/4/02. It doesn't 
<DIV></DIV>>even sound like this guy even really listened to the CD or made an effort to 
<DIV></DIV>>understand the meanings behind some of the songs. Arghhhh... frustrating... 

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