Chicago Auto Show Really, Really Hates Autoblog
Dear AutoBlog. Amazingly, you don't seem to get it. You seem to think that auto shows are about the number of intros. Oddly enough, manufacturers, the ones who pay the bills to produce auto show, have a rather different perspective. They seem to think that auto shows are designed to make the connection between their marketing people and the public who have cash (and loans) to purchase those products. Gee, what a novel idea! Unfettered, unbeholden customers who are not on some company "X-Y-Z-A Plan" pricing for employees and suppliers. Real people. People who like big displays and the ability to view the industry in one place on one floor with the show industry's undisputed best place in which to display. You'll learn about it more when you move out of your mom's house. So, as self-absorbed as you might be, you might want to get cozy with the notion that it's really not all about you."
I live in Alabama. If it weren't for blogs the only way I would know about the Chicago show at all is from very limited coverage in the near-death "car magazines" that I subscribed to as a kid pre-Internet. Not only can I see the intros (and other displays) thanks to the blogs, but I can go back and search/review them later. My screensaver at work is a slideshow of images (from Autoblog) of the Detroit show. I grew up wanting to go to one of the auto shows, there weren't any where I lived. Now I live in Birmingham, where our local show is decent but we only get a few 6 month old concepts. I was beginning to think that our show is just lame and maybe I should road-trip to see a "real" one. Now I know that I'm not missing anything other than some cold weather and a press clusterf***.
You're getting _way_ too arcane about the word jalopnik. The only important thing is that whatever its derivation or meaning, it is the name of an extremely popular existing automotive website/blog, jalopnik.com, which means that while these Chicago Show PR guys are on the one hand deriding car blogs, on the other they have named their own blog by playing off the name of an existing car blog. Sort of like a group of angry, middle-aged feminists naming their blog FILFhunter.com, if ya get my drift. And no, please don't try to parse FILFhunter.
Well, Virtual Insanity did ask. Of course, he (or she) is virtually insane. Sometimes things get slow and I get bored at the reference desk.