[As part of Cultural Learnings’ Jericho Fridays, I think that it is necessary to perhaps be able to state certain things that might not be seen as “positive” or popular. I, admittedly, began this campaign by pouring salt in the wound of Jericho fans, and while I have since been inspired to drop this position I think that being open and honest is still an integral part of the process.
These are things that need to be said not because they’re undeniably true, but rather so that it is out there and able to create a reaction that could spark something new. This week on the Jericho Forums at CBS.com, there was a thread about how more people should go onto the forums, and all of a sudden a huge flow of ideas emerged. That needs to happen again, and here’s some things to perhaps start it off.]
No Holds Barred:
What Needs to the Said About ‘Jericho’
1. CBS’ Fan Central is Worthless
I spent last week analyzing Fan Central at an indepth level with the assistance of fans, and kind of hoped that some of that might be taken to heart. And, to an extent it was: they ripped off JerichoMonster wholesale, creating the Jericho Fan Central Fan of the Week.
It’s clear that Shaun has essentially been brought in to run the site, but he doesn’t seem to be doing anything but rewriting forum posts out and then linking back to them. The problem with this is that, if one of the posts works in sending people to the boards, why would they need to be told what’s on them if they’re already there?
The answer is that they don’t: right now, the site is basically just a few blog posts a week that aren’t about bringing fans together, or providing some sort of new content, but rather reposting old content with a fairly slow reaction time thanks to a low volume of postings.
As it is, the site just sits there as Shaun’s not even daily blog, and one that isn’t offering any new perspectives. Unless they’re willing to bring someone in to raise actual issues and give fans a reason to return to the internet, the site is pretty much just wasting bandwidth. And that’s something that I think fans should be concerned about.
2. The Jericho Fanbase Needs Fewer Blogs
I have absolutely nothing against the large assortment of bloggers who talk about Jericho: they have been incredibly good to me, and I have tried to return the favor as much as physically possible. But, I’ve got to be honest with you: I think there’s too many blogs about Jericho.
For example, Jane is running THREE separate blogs about Jericho. While each has some good content, it seems as if they all serve the same basic purpose: promoting Jericho. Then you’ve got Jericho Lives, Jericho Rally Point, Radio Free Jericho, Jericho on CBS…the list just goes on and on.
While each of them have something to offer, wouldn’t a large-scale blog which allows all of these people to contribute on a regular basis be a better way to bring fan support to a central source? The Message Boards are fine, but independent blogs can operate in ways that official sites cannot, and I think that there is an advantage to having that presence.
A single site, however, would allow for everything to go through one source as opposed to a large multitude of them. If people find the internet overwhelming, having all of these sites to visit must be absolutely daunting. Having one featuring all of Jericho’s great contributors would be a fantastic way to corral that support in a real way.
What about you? Do you have anything about Jericho that you feel needs to be said in order to bring forward discussion? Leave it below in the comments, anonymously if you like.