This Wild Horses Don’t Win Rosettes Weblog Award Resister banner is the result of my post and comments thread here in which we mocked blog awards in general, and the 2007 Weblog Awards in particular, for many reasons, including that the awards seem always to be overwhelmingly won by white males, feminist blogs get short shrift, and these awards events too often seem to come out of nowhere, sponsored by bloggers, or just people, none of us has ever heard of. The “awards” seem to amount mostly to attempts to monetize the blogosphere and sell it by way of conventions or other events, with plenty of free advertising in the form of banners posted on “nominees'” blogs.
That’s not what the blogosphere is about! The blogosphere is the last bastion of media independence, the one remaining venue to which people throughout the world may turn for immediate, independent, uncensored reporting and analysis of news, events, ideas and politics. It ought not be mined by profiteers trying to make a buck, and as feminists and progressive bloggers, we ought not recognize awards decisions by persons whose politics and agendas are unknown to us.
Anyway, in the comments thread, Helzeph quipped “Wild horses don’t win rosettes,” and voila! A slogan for our badges of blog award resistance.
Use freely. 🙂