Re: [Z_Scale] Re: Ztrains.com: The Brief Rant
> Ell,Loren, I'm disappointed in you...I took you more for the "let a sleeping
> You and Jim Glass said it well. We'll let a sleeping dog continue to
dog sleep only until the firecracker under its butt went off" type...like
But slightly more seriously...
IMHO, keep the pressure on MRR, NMRA, and all the other bigots within
their ranks. My personal interest is in seeing Z grow, and the best way to
do that is by exposing the great unwashed masses to what can and *IS* done
with Z, that Z is viable and thriving. In order to get manufacturers we
have to have consumers. It's not a chicken-and-egg situation; consumers
have to come first.
That is why, for me at least, I enjoy going to shows and having the
modules. Personally, I'm actually a fairly quiet, keep-to-myself kinda
person, but I LOVE talking about Z to the public, showing off everyones
modules and models, and seeing the wonder in their eyes. Giving them new
discoveries in life...I love to see the wide-eyed fascination, the
wonderment, and the dreams and stories that pass across their faces.
The fact that Z has been cleaning up at the shows both on the
technical/achievement front, and on the crowd entertainment front,
*SHOULD* be a huge wake-up to the leviathons that Z is here. But it
doesn't. Why? Why are the 'established' scales so strongly partial (that's
ok) and intolerant (NOT ok) of Z? As with so many things, blind zealotry
can only be confronted head-on, in the open. MRR is probably THE most
widely read and known model railroading publication, and therefore
considered by many to be the defacto "knowledgable voice" on model
railroading. On more than one occassion I've heard from Z'er and non-Z'ers
alike, "But MRR doesn't cover Z." That automatically puts it in their head
that Z isn't for real.
As much as I like Rob and Z-Track, and the INCREDIBLE efforts of both to
promote Z, it doesn't have the reach, reputation, and brand recognition
that MRR does, deservedly or not. That is why we cannot ignore MRR.
Stowing my soapbox,
I'm not an activist, I only play one on the Internet