NRM: "The word “influencer” gets thrown around a lot by brands and people alike. And I’m here, on behalf of bloggers, creators and the future of humanity to say one thing. Stop it."
I've been aware of the flak over this word only recently. I don't get it. It's innocuous enough. Not that I much care one way or the other, since I don't use it.
So, what is your suggested replacement for it? Don't leave a vacuum. Also, I think you're wrong about the lack of influence. I am certainly influenced by folks like Paul, from Paul's Hardware.
Of course these people are influencers or they wouldn't get so much free stuff.
He influences me because of his informed persuasive commentary on PC hardware, not because he gets free stuff (which I don't begrudge him one bit).
They are influencers no matter how much you want to deny it and calling people a "idiot" is not a way to get your point across. Honestly you come off as someone who is jealous of someone else's sponsorship deals and can't cope with your liberal thoughts. Why do liberals always use the same words especially humanity like they represent everyone? Acting like you prove your point by saying everyone agrees with you automatically makes me not care what you have to say.
I definitely agree the piece is too caustic and judgmental. I don't know about jealousy or politics, though.
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