Tony Ortega: Wannabe

In her book on adolescent bullying, “Queen Bees and Wannabes”, author Rosalind Wiseman makes the following observation:

People fight over technology in ways they never would face-to-face because they can say their version of events without getting immediate feedback that might challenge it. It allows people to throw more intense self-righteous temper tantrums.

Rosalind Wiseman, Queen Bees and Wannabes

It’s astonishing just how apt a description of Tony and his hive of frenzied drones the above quote is.

For all his bluster, Tony Ortega is a picture perfect example of a wannabe who thinks himself a ‘queen bee’. A ‘wannabe’ is a poser, a follower, a charlatan of sorts. One who copies or imitates all or most of the aspects dealing with the object of their obsession. So far so good as a working definition of Tony Ortega.

But Wiseman’s book peels back the onion revealing a perhaps a deeper, more central drive among those like Ortega and his angry worker bees. She writes tellingly:

Most likely a wannabe is lacking in self confidence and is constantly seeking approval and recognition.

For all of his sucking up to people in position of power, his countless attempts at currying favor with Hollywood producers, all of his shameless, self-promotion and Machiavellian scheming, Tony Ortega remains what he has always been.

A nobody who has for years been trying to make a name for himself by slandering and vilifying whoever he thinks might garner him views on his Twitter feed or upvotes on his echo-chamber blog, all in an attempt to win the attention he so desperately needs.

Your words have lost their sting Ortega. Perhaps it’s time to buzz off?

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