The cheapest form of dispute resolution is to plant the seeds of hopelessness early on.
I have tried to provide honest reviews personally, here and at WikidFranchise in the last 11 years.
I cannot say the same for Blue MauMau (BMM) anymore.
I was absolutely pleased by the range of and depth of discussion at first on BMM. It seemed to offer real hope for a forum of real change.
Over time, I had a gut feeling that things were not what they appeared. I have contributed less and less over time as my private concerns grew.
I first asked on FranchiseFool, Is Blue MauMau Crooked? in September 2008.
- Curiously, no one from BMM (let alone Don himself) ever asked me why or attempted any defense.
- I’ve never been afraid of an open debate and have always returned every BMM telephone call I ever received.
- I found the BMM lack of interest in WikidFranchise.org to be noteworthy also. Dick Gibson from the Wall Street Journal reviewed it but BMM found it irrelevant?
The purpose of BMM is to confuse and misdirect the real causes of franchise failure. Some directly (Dale Nabors, Bob Frankman, GBeany) shout down any new ideas on a digital platform while others act as apologists. The “blame the victim” mantra is unimaginative. The false near-religion that “pre-sale due diligence can look forward enough to predict and prevent franchisor opportunism” is an insult to any thinking former franchisee.
At best, the attorneys are silent when directly questioned. All three of them don’t seem to have their heart in it anymore.
BTW: Saying that you cannot earn legal fees in a certain jurisdiciton and are therefore somehow less biased is a moronic argument which is notable for its lack of assurance that: I receive $0 for any views or efforts made associated with BMM. What they offering is not legal opinions at all: a legal relationship (fiduciary duty, solicitor:client) does not and cannot exist because their is no contract between the internet reader and the lawyer.
The result is a thin gruel of half-truths, faulty rhetoric, thought-terminating clichés, and political science, served up to cool out the marks by producing a “hopeless situation“: for both individuals and groups of investors.
In big industry new ideas are invited to rear their heads so they can be clobbered at once. The idea department of a big firm is a sort of lab for isolating dangerous viruses. Marshall McLuhan
Maybe the originator of the phrase global village may know a thing or two about how technology is resisted by a dinosaur industry and the profitable delay by its social media contractors.
It is certainly not the first activity that has been captured by a U.S. $1-trillion industry that defends itself by any means available. But I may be entirely wrong in my conclusion that BMM is a digital house negro.
I am happy to debate anyone, anytime, in any credible forum.
I’ll let you know…