I don’t care for the term. It is denigrating and that is hardly a successful business practice. It was coined by some who consider themselves elitists. Some of those same people seem to be mailing it in this WSOP. I won’t name names but if forced to I can do a “Link Dump” instead of writing original content to expand on the topic.
F-Train used donkament and isn’t one of those mailing it in. You can see my comment on his interesting post.
OK, if you read his blog and my little comment, that about covers the basics. So, I’ll move on.
I don’t know about you but the coverage this year is a real yawn. Coverage is kinda like Harrahs. It providing a little something that can alienate anybody and everybody. Some might even refer to it as a form of donkament – not me mind you.
Traditional coverage combines hand histories and bad beat stories – that isn’t going to get you a mini-series. Human interest stories? I think you gotta be human to get one. Poker players aren’t long on making s’mores or often bathing. So, the very best coverage isn’t going to be up for a Pulitzer.
I know it is popular to anguish over attendance. And maybe the WSOP has peaked. Plateaus happen. I don’t see poker as a bubble that pops. It was an enjoyable and popular pastime before Chris Moneymaker. The only one who needs to worry about all this is Harrahs and their bottom line.
And, wise scribes out there, if you want to keep avoiding those day jobs, I’d say don’t use donkament or you might be helping cause the decline. Insult a guy long enough and he’ll either walk away or punch your lights out. And we all know you aren’t likely to have returning to being a poker pro or cage fighter as your fallback.