It's the kind of unraveling you experience in a Stephen King book/film: The clown really represents a malevolent presence.
Since the early 21st century, he dominated the tech world as the cute teddy bear. Well, that soft and cuddly has mutated into an alleged sexual predator.
Can we dare trust again?
Weekly, we would watch him on "Gillmor Gang" being relaxed about the latest in digital. His books, which he wrote with Shel Israel, presented tech in simple terms. Here was an evangelist who didn't take himself too seriously.
His fall represents the end of an era. When he was one of the first bloggers in his job at Microsoft, he was the early adopter we embraced. And often imitated.
All we seem to have left from that time is Ana Marie Cox. At now-gone Gawker, Cox was the Wonkette. Using the blogging platform, she dished the dirt inside the beltway. Later she went on to other kinds of media.
Sure, Cox went through dark times. She divorced. She left D.C. She shared with fans she was in recovery. She had been diagnosed as bipolar. But she never hurt anyone, the way Scoble allegedly has done.
Perhaps it's time for tech to grow up. We have to treat it as a business. Not a force of progress. And not the platform for heroes.
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