The New Deaf Sport: Out-Ridoring Ridor

It seems, of late, during these balmy, Spring-like January days, a new sport has emerged among the Deaf and hard-of-hearing populace. It is a sport where one attempts to out-ridor Mr. Ridor himself, posting anti-Ridor comments on blogs or writing up opinion pieces that tell Mr. Ridor to get-a-job, such as this one by Jame Berke.

The sport is full-contact, in-your-face brutal, in response to Mr. Ridor’s surprise at not being invited to the upcoming February 3rd “Vlogging/Blogging the Future of Gallaudet” conference. Ridor’s supporters agreed with Ridor that he should have been invited, on the basis of his three years of blogging that has produced a million hits on his blog. Ridor’s opponents, meanwhile, have engaged in roughing-up Ridor on the field itself, posting personal attacks towards Ridor on their blogs or in comments on other people’s blogs.

Ridor has contended that HE, as the most well-known deaf blogger of all, should have been invited to participate. Some have said that WoparSB, Jamie Berke, Teri Sentelle, Brian Riley, Maureen Klusza, Tony McGregor, Dan McClintock, and Barry Strassler, among others, should have been invited. Ridor said that if you have not been blogging for at least SIX months, you’re not a qualified Blogger. Which makes me, right here at BiblioMarket, unqualified to call myself a Blogger. [insert amused smile here…] Ah, well…. But that’s Ridor, and that’s the kind of thing Ridor is known to say. That’s what makes Ridor …..well, Ridor. Most of us have learned to take Ridor’s comments with a grain of salt.

But some felt that was not enough. Some decided to take issue with Ridor’s recent ‘please-donate-to-me’ campaign, putting him down for attempting to make a living through Continue reading “The New Deaf Sport: Out-Ridoring Ridor”