Friday, May 16, 2008

A reminder about blogs

posted by The Vidiot @ 7:33 AM Permalink

I feel that it is necessary to remind people of something that is very important with regards to blogs and I mean ALL blogs, even the 'good' ones: blogs are silly, blogs are reactionary, blogs are usually inaccurate and worst of all, blogs live forever. Anyone who blogs knows this about blogs and those who think otherwise are delusional, mentally deranged or has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g. Matt Drudge).

The reason I bring this subject up is that I've had this back and forth with a commenter regarding a story that was posted on this blog back in March of 2006. It was about a Suffolk University professor and charges of pornographic misconduct. The story was odd, the blogging on it was even odder and once blogged, the whole thing was completely forgotten.

Well, this person who commented said that the story was inaccurate and that it should be removed and well, that rubbed me the wrong way. Scrubbing is what MSM does, not us. If we print a turd, the turd stays. If the turd must be referenced for clarification, it will be and if the turd needs polished, we'll do that too.

So, I've referenced the turd (see link above) and I also polished the turd (note that I've placed Xs where the names would be.) Seems that the teacher was exonerated and that the student had dubious ulterior motives for reporting the teacher. Though, a note to the person who commented: the names of the people will live on in Google's cache and nobody in our strata of society can do a damn thing about it. Sorry.

In conclusion: Don't believe everything you read, compare and contrast with other postings on the same subject, and check out what sounds fishy and sound off on it if need be. Reading blogs should not be a passive pastime. Here at VidiotSpeak, we'll try to do our due diligence (if it doesn't interfere with a jobs or our family life or our drinking of beer) and we'll clarify whatever needs clarified.

So remember, let's be careful out there. Surf intelligently.



At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let it go. Just flotsam and jetsam. Shit happens. Your points are well-made.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility.


At 11:23 AM, Blogger The Sailor said...

the vidiot said - "I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility"

I don't.

1) I posted it. It was just a quirky story and snarking on it tickled my fancy. It still does.

2) When we had to go to new blogger all previous posts' authors were converted from the individuals moniker to The Vidiot's. She had no part in this.

3) Anonymous, please provide follow up links that prove your allegations. Honestly, if I'd known about this I wouldn't have changed anything until you did. Getting anonymous comments alleging that the post was inaccurate and hurtful doesn't impress me. Show me the facts.

4) Did the station retract its story? The only times full names were mentioned was in quoting the article.

5) Did you also contact all the national media that covered this story, including Keith Olbermann and ask them to go back in time and censor themselves?

6) After further research I stand by my post. Emily was the only student that complained, she tipped the station, she got a professor suspended, the professor had to hire a lawyer, I stand by my snark. I was making fun of the student, and it seems she deserved it.

The Vid is a much nicer person than me. Personally, I wouldn't have changed a thing.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

You had me right up to the, "Surf intelligently," part. That means I have to go and buy me a brain now. Thank goodness for the extra six bills bush sent me! That should be good for at least a coupla new frontal lobes don't ya think?

At 3:57 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

in mexico maybe.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger The Sailor said...

The net's a rough place, wear a cup.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

oh my god, i'm like SOOOoooo tempted to make that our new tag line, instead of because our friends are tired of listening to us.

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