Perhaps you have seen Mr. Samblis’s personal Tumbler blog. He frequently uses this blog to wine and complain about how much of a victim he is, be it from our sites, or life in general. Recently he published an article on anonymity and how bad it is for the internet. An excerpt is quoted below. Many believe Mr. Samblis has used numerous aliases on message boards in an attempt to entice (and many would say, mislead) prospective investors into investing in his company. If true, (and again, many believe strongly this is accurate, and many could point to evidence to support such)… his article would certainly be the height of hypocrisy.
“If you have a real point to make and you use an alias, why should anyone take you seriously. We don’t know who you are so why should we trust or believe what you write. We don’t know your hidden agendas, so your words should be considered meaningless.”
While Mr. Samblis makes some good points, his overall concept is completely wrong. He simply ignores the larger point in his opinion piece about anonymity. Yes, at times, anonymity can be abused, but not just on the internet. Anonymity is a well-established option for voicing one’s opinion. While Mr. Samblis questions why should anyone believe a person who voices their opinion anonymously, the answer is, because most who use anonymity can voice their opinions without fear of reprisal. In fact, many believe when one is able to speak anonymously, their TRUE feelings and opinions are voiced. One of an American’s most precious rights is to vote in elections. When you vote, your vote is anonymous. Witnesses in crimes give tips that solve major crimes, anonymously. Criminals supply information to law enforcement, anonymously, that are critical to solving crimes. Whistle blower identities are protected as well as there are protection for reprisals should their identities become known. Jurors in high profile cases may remain anonymous. The list goes on and on.
Mr. Samblis writes this opinion piece coming from a history of behavior of attacking the messenger when he doesn’t like the message (our previous article illustrates this point). This is a tactic frequently used by those that want to cloud the message, and distract the reader from that message. It stands to reason that Mr. Samblis does not like anonymity because he is unable to attack the messenger and draw the reader’s attention away from the message. Many would argue that people like Mr. Samblis are a primary example of why anonymity is important. It is very unlikely that the volumes of important information investors need when making a buying decision about investing in his company, would be available if it were not for anonymous providers. We have recently witnessed what appears to have been intimidation by Mr. Samblis toward an investor (hhi3) because Mr. Samblis didn’t like the opinions posted to the message board.
Many readers fall prey to this tactic, and frequently it is an effective tactic, and therefore its use is attempted frequently. However, the bottom line is… it doesn’t matter who the messenger is, their background, or even their agenda (hidden or otherwise), if the message is accurate, and supported with independent sources and/or documents, who cares who the messenger is. They could be the worst person on the face of the earth, but if the information is accurate – then the information is accurate, no matter who the messenger is. If for instance, you were the victim of a crime… would it matter to you if one of his criminal buddies turned him in? The informant is a criminal… should he be believed ? Our guess is, you would welcome the anonymous tip.
This is the point Mr. Samblis misses, or, chooses to ignore. The message about his actions as CEO of his public and private companies are not flattering. Most of the information (very valid information – supported by documentation) has been presented anonymously. Yes, it is agreed that some have used the cover of anonymity to slander him (out of understandable anger at losing vast amounts of money investing in his company), however, the amount of information available about Mr. Samblis is vast, and an overwhelming amount of such is well supported by documents and independent verification – much of which was provided by anonymous sources. Just because the source chooses to remain anonymous, doesn’t reduce the validity of such information. The information provided should be able to stand on its own merits, regardless of the vehicle (person) used to present such.
It seems apparent Mr. Samblis makes every effort to shoot the messenger whenever possible. Mr. Samblis has likely spent enormous sums of investor funds attempting to stifle Larry and his Friends websites. This action is well documented in the public record. He has attempted numerous times to stifle Larry’s free speech rights, all the while exercising his free speech rights to attack Larry. Apparently Mr. Samblis believes only HE can exercise the use of free speech rights. Had he been successful, he would have removed YOUR right to this valuable and useful information. Ask yourself… do you want the Mr. Samblis’s of the world deciding what you can and cannot read ?
We have said many times previously that Mr. Samblis should spend any investor funds wisely, and use such in an effort to generate revenue for his investors. Not chase Larry, or attack other investors, and in turn waste the hard earned dollars of investors that invested in his company. Generating revenue would dispel much of the negative information about Mr. Samblis. As we indicated in yesterday’s post, Mr. Samblis is quite the prolific writer, yet we are unaware of ANY instance where Mr. Samblis has addressed the very serious issues raised by investors. Instead Mr. Samblis chooses to shoot the messenger, just as he has attempted to do in his recent article, from which the above quote was taken.
Mr. Samblis… your road to recovery will commence the day you lay aside your voracious appetite for destroying those that voice their opposition to your failed efforts, and the day you come to the realization that no one is to blame but yourself for your downfall. Accept some personal responsibility, and maybe, just maybe, you will begin to rebuild some of the respect you think you should be afforded. Respect is not free, it needs to be earned.