LADY AT THE BAT: Mixed Reaction To Jeter's New Website

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mixed Reaction To Jeter's New Website

The responses yesterday to Derek Jeter's new website ran the gamut: from negative criticism to plain confusion.

Notice that I didn't include positive feedback. That's because, as far as I could tell, there wasn't any. In fact, most of the feedback received after the launch of The Players' Tribune was along the lines of verbal head scratching. The biggest questions being asked were, "Isn't this the same thing as Twitter?" and "If it is like Twitter, how can it be unfiltered?"

Jeter's choice of the word "unfiltered" is, of course, the crux of the matter. What does he really mean by it?  At least one reporter who covered him during his 20 year career appeared to feel slighted by the word. Others were quick to get technical, pointing out that having editors and producers on the website's staff means that the content will not be unfiltered.

Perhaps I'm too much of a fan, but when I read Jeter's first post yesterday, I understood "unfiltered" to mean not taken out of context by the mainstream media.  He wants to talk directly with the public without the media, purposely or inadvertently, misconstruing what he has to say. By starting this platform he will be able to do it.

On the other hand, if Jeter's Twitter chat yesterday was any indication of what's to come, disappointment will run rampant, and The Players' Tribune will be a failure. A joke by Mike Lupica notwithstanding, Jeter's fear of cats, and answers to the other fluff questions he chose to answer--"chose to" being the key words here--do not make for great content for a site devoted to just that.

It will be interesting to see how this all turns out.


Unknown said...

My expectation is that it will combine the appeal of blogging (novelty, freedom of content, personal writing) with a slick, professional finish, and hopefully quality writing that should be the product of a site with editors and producers. The biggest wrench will be participation of ACTIVE athletes...what organizations would be comfortable with their athletes participating in such a venture especially during their sport's season??

Bernadette Pasley said...

Russell Wilson's post today might have answered your question. He wrote about domestic violence but just scratched the surface. Very non-controversial.