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a rant....

by heavydoom » Dec 28th, '08, 23:19

tea blogs on the internet.

these blogs, i am not targeting any particular ones , but i have to say that it makes me laugh sometimes how these bloggers do reviews of pu erh tea and they think they know it all. using all these very nice sounding adjectives concerning the taste etc...i mean, how long, really, have you been drinking pu erh tea in order for you to qualify to make all these review comments? i just hope that not that many of you out there look too much into these so called " tea blogs ". as in all media, do not believe everything you read or hear.

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by tenuki » Dec 28th, '08, 23:22

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by Proinsias » Dec 28th, '08, 23:38

Another thing to watch out for are posts on tea forums.

Tea shops are also notorious for people just saying things about tea when they have no authority to discuss the topic.

I don't see the problem in someone who has had their first taste of pu-erh blogging about it. Zen mind, beginners mind and all that.

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by ABx » Dec 28th, '08, 23:58

That's a pretty broad brush you're painting with.

I would agree with you about a blog that is attempting to make expert judgements and recommendations, in no uncertain terms. However if someone is just drinking it and describing it, I see absolutely nothing wrong with that.

I guess I haven't kept up all that well, but I haven't seen many people misrepresenting their experience or "authority" (for want of a better word).

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by edkrueger » Dec 29th, '08, 00:03

I think names should be named. If not, then the brush is too broad and it doesn't give tea blogs an opportunity to be defended.
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by tenuki » Dec 29th, '08, 00:19

Proinsias wrote:Another thing to watch out for are posts on tea forums.
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by tenuki » Dec 29th, '08, 00:20

And Bears, don't forget to watch out for bears.

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by Proinsias » Dec 29th, '08, 00:25

cause he blogs and posts!

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by scruffmcgruff » Dec 29th, '08, 01:15

I will admit that some blog writers (myself included) can seem a bit arrogant at times, and can make broad generalizations or poor conclusions based on our limited expertise, but have you ever read an essay riddled with admissions of uncertainty and doubt? Useless! In order to describe a tea honestly, one has to state their observations; it is up to others to contradict/correct them if they know something the original author didn't.

The academic community seems to thrive on this kind of reporting and arguing. If you don't like what someone has written, tell them why. Otherwise you are allowing what you find wrong to go uncontested and be perpetuated. Few tea bloggers are out there to claim authority; we just want to share our opinions and collected expertise with others. Don't just *BOO* about it when we are wrong and not try to help.

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by tenuki » Dec 29th, '08, 01:16

Proinsias wrote:cause he blogs and posts!
No, No, No, I was talking the godless killing machines Colbert has been warning us about for years now.

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by Proinsias » Dec 29th, '08, 01:32

Doh, I was hoping to have started a fight before you got that in.

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by Pentox » Dec 29th, '08, 01:51

One thing that I would like to point out is that most blogs are on some level personal notes about the tea and their opinion of it. It's a subjective taste matter as all taste is subjective to the taster. What for one person may be delicious foie gras to another may be disgusting sick goose liver. If someone says they tasted something how can you disprove that?

I do agree that there is a certain degree of fluff to blogging, but take it as what it is. Understand the blogger's cred and apply that.

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Take your grain of salt...

by Wesli » Dec 29th, '08, 02:44

You're griping about people trying to explain what they taste... They can't be wrong. They don't need credentials. Unless you can rip out their tongue and use it as your own, brew tea with the same exact parameters, slurp it exactly as they do, have all the same taste experiences, you don't qualify to authoritatively state that they're wrong.
It's a subjective taste matter as all taste is subjective to the taster. What for one person may be delicious foie gras to another may be disgusting sick goose liver. If someone says they tasted something how can you disprove that?
Exactly.

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by ABx » Dec 29th, '08, 03:28

scruffmcgruff wrote:I will admit that some blog writers (myself included) can seem a bit arrogant at times, and can make broad generalizations or poor conclusions based on our limited expertise, but have you ever read an essay riddled with admissions of uncertainty and doubt? Useless! In order to describe a tea honestly, one has to state their observations; it is up to others to contradict/correct them if they know something the original author didn't.

The academic community seems to thrive on this kind of reporting and arguing. If you don't like what someone has written, tell them why. Otherwise you are allowing what you find wrong to go uncontested and be perpetuated. Few tea bloggers are out there to claim authority; we just want to share our opinions and collected expertise with others. Don't just *BOO* about it when we are wrong and not try to help.
Ah, that's what I was going to say...

If you have qualms with something someone says, then say something. If you're not sure but think something doesn't sound right, then ask questions. If you think something is incorrect then state the correction.

To me this post just seems to represent exactly what it's speaking against. No offense intended - there's just a lot of better ways that such feelings could be expressed.

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by brandon » Dec 29th, '08, 09:52

If you don't like the blog you can stop reading it. I can't imagine any puerh bloggers have done anything to you, and the ones I suppose you are after here (names omitted to stir up a general sentiment against nobody) don't stand to profit at all from these writings. You haven't given me a concrete reason to remove a single RSS feed from my reader.

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