I am always amused by the sheer vastness of the Blagging and Bluffing community on the internet, offering advice on subjects in which they themselves possess no expertise whatsoever.
I know someone whose motto is “bullshit baffles brains”. I believe what he means is that if he spouts enough nonsense, his victims will think he knows what he is talking about and buy his second hand cars or cave in to his unreasonable demands.
Alas, there will always be fools in the world. It was ever thus!
The internet is a very heaven for such people.
“Never in the course of human history has so much, of so little value, been written by so many.”
To misquote Winston Churchill.
We are all Salesmen now.
Bloggers, who (like myself) have never made a penny from the written word, hold forth on how to make money from Blogging. More dangerous by far are the countless thousands out there offering trading and investment advice when (if they had any real experience) they would know they are selling moonshine.
It must be the sheer ease of the process which has brought out these legions, like bugs crawling from under a stone.
Go to WordPress or “BottomBook” or a thousand other centres of internet expertise and excellence, press a few buttons and LO! Suddenly you are baffling other people’s brains with YOUR bullshit!
Many are called but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14, for those in doubt)
Like any other calling, many will try and baffle your brains with their bullshit but few will actually make money out of it. Their internet blagging career will end not with a bang but with a whimper.
And yet there are those who will persevere. You will subscribe to their trading tips, you will buy their fashionware or delight in the prurience of the lives they reveal to you or the breasts they expose to your gaze.
And then they will go “viral”.
Apparently this does not entail contracting or spreading STDs (although who knows these days?).
It means that suddenly their bullshit has baffled not only YOUR brains but those of hundreds, thousands and millions like you.
Welcome to the Internet!