Originally Posted by imagic
Hi Joe, good to see you there. We ignored each other like working pros! Hope the show went well for you.
Yes I'm more enthused about stuff I buy for myself and tend to "hype" it more... but these days that's usually something other than audio gear (drone/scooter/new PC).
I get "punished" for writing long, technical reviews. I get plenty of "thank you" when I post links to audio gear that's on sale and include a "Buy Now" button. So I'm leaving the technical objective reviewing to folks who are dedicated to it. I moved into an apartment that effectively ends my ability to review systems the way I used to (think 7.2.4 with full-size towers in the mix)
I appreciate the post and would like very much to focus on one comment (bolded): Yes, press goes to (embargoed) press events that they are invited to! Very helpful to have that familiarity before the official unveiling. I do the same for TVs.
Anyhow, my point (which you clearly agree with) was that there is no line if your audience does not think there is a line. That's about it. I agree!
When it comes to show coverage, I tell everyone the truth: I am a gonzo journalist. So of course I'm "there" and actively participating. And yes I'm biased, that's why I'm vocally critical of BS when I see it, like power cords that cost as much as cars.
I'm not sure Joentell understands why he has (or had) so many viewers.
You see, many folk don't trust the usual reviewers from Stereophile. They think they have been bought by advertisiers.
So they put more faith in 'mavens' on YouTube. Funky down with it types like yourself and Zeos and Darko.
Like you're on their side.
It turns out you are no more on their side than Kim Kardashian is on the side of those who subscribe to her sponsored life.
You are on the take.
If you can't comprehend how taking money from a company to make a video may possibly affect your ability to review their products impartially you need to take a quick ethics course.
You can of course take as much payola as you like. But you should state that fact up front before every video.
You may be worried that if you do that people will stop watching.
And that's the point.