Today The Disney Channel announced they’re launching an incredibly offensive new show called Dog With A Blog. As a human being with a blog, I find this to be demeaning, dehumanizing and degrading. Never in my life have I been so insulted by a children’s show. But then again, never in my life has a “children’s show” used a dog to make a mockery of my entire career.
Which thanks to everyone with a blogpost already verges on a mockery. Just when I finally convinced people that bloggers do make money and they do live in homes with four walls and a roof, this show comes along and knocks us all the way back to 2004 when people were still using Xanga.
The press release, which I so rudely received uninvited today in my inbox, says the show’s produced by Emmy-award winning producer Michael B. Kaplan and revolves around a blogging dog that talks. Not only is the following paragraph utterly ridiculous, but it’s not based on any kind of scientific fact. (Mainly, the fact that we all know a dog could never be trusted to remember his WordPress password.)
A family sitcom from the pet’s point-of-view, it centers on step-siblings whose parents buy them a dog to encourage them to get along. That happens – to some extent – as brother and sister discover a big secret about their family’s latest addition… that the dog can talk AND blog. The series will introduce a talented cast, among them, Disney Channel’s next big star: a four year-old, mixed breed named Kuma in the role of Stan, the talking dog with a blog.
Let me be very clear when I say that a dog could not do my job. I know, because I have a dog and he never once has offered up a good lead, a quality story or a unique angle. He can barely make it outside to the bathroom in the morning.
I, on the other hand, can hold it. Which makes me better than a dog and more suited for a job in blogging. For that and any many more reasons (like opposable thumbs, duh), I am a blogger and my dog is a dog.
I eagerly await Disney’s apology to the entire professional blogging community.
P.S – Spellcheck, you’re not helping my argument by putting your squiggly red line under the word blogger.
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