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Jun 13, 2013

With [him] as president, "Murder, robbery, rape, adultery, and incest will be openly taught and practiced, the air will be rent with the cries of the distressed, the soil will be soaked with blood, and the nation black with crimes." [He] "writes aghast the truths of God's words; who makes not even a profession of Christianity; who is without Sabbaths; without the sanctuary, and without so much as a decent external respect for the faith and worship of Christians."

Except for the flowery language, this looks like normal blogging doesn’t it?  It is telling us that with this person as president, the world will fall into amoral distress.  Who is the person the apparent blogger is writing about?  Thomas Jefferson.

Blogging on the Internet with attacking statements about people in response to articles is not such a new thing after all.  People seem to have a need to let others know what they don’t like, more than they have a need to share useful information.  Of course, in Jefferson’s time, the name of the writer of the attack was identified in the paper.  Most modern-day bloggers do not have that restriction.

Today, bloggers attack with a feeling that they are anonymous.  The release from any need to be polite that people feel when blogging under an assumed persona is pretty impressive.  They feel that they can say things in anonymous blogs that I am sure they would not have the courage to say to the person’s face.  There is also a fair amount of innuendo, gossip and speculation.  

Are bloggers they really anonymous?

In Jefferson’s time, if someone wrote an attack that was untrue, there was a possibility that they could be sued for libel. Recently, there have been several interesting cases where an anonymous blogger has been located and sued for, among other things, defamation of character. When you blog on-line, the address of your computer is recorded.  It might not lead directly to you, but it will lead to your general area. It is up to a forensic researcher to discover you. This occurred in the case of New Orleans businessman Fred Heebe, who was being investigated by the U.S. Attorney General’s office.  Two bloggers discussing the case on the Times-Picayune website were particularly prolific and vile. The bloggers attacked Heebe, his defense attorneys and a judge. James Fitzgerald, a pioneer in the field of forensic linguistics, was hired to determine who was at the source of the blogs. He identified two Assistant U.S. attorneys, who were involved in the case, as the bloggers.  Both were charged with defamation of character and one lost their job while the other was demoted and later resigned. 

A new twist:  sock puppets

Since nearly anyone can blog about an online article and not identify themselves, it is also true that almost anyone can blog the same article under several different names.  When one person creates several different personas in the blogging community, the personas are called sock puppets, presumably because it is like having a sock puppet on each hand and having them talk to one another.

Ralph Golb is preparing to serve a six-month prison term for creating such personas. He created more than 80 blogging personas and used them to wage a battle about scholastic research. He went on to create e-mail personas that he used to augment his battle. One of his targeted victims, Robert Cargill, used a computer program to identify Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and found that the e-mails and 82 of the blogs came from the same few computers. Finally the FBI was called in. Ralph Golb was charged with, among other things, aggravated harassment, criminal impersonation, forgery and unauthorized use of the New York University library system.

Writing and saying rude things about others has been going on forever.  How long bloggers will remain anonymous we have yet to find out.

References:  Miller Center, University of Virginia, “Negative campaigning against Thomas Jefferson.”  The New York Times, February 17, 2013 “Online Battle Over Sacred Scroll, Real-World Consequences.”  The New Yorker On-line December 18, 2012, “Master of the Sock Puppets."

 

Comments

thinkagain

While we don’t always agree, your opinions can be interesting and are usually well documented.

Having one’s own troll(s) is the curse/blessing of an opinionated commenter. I have zippy (44846GWP), he follows me wherever I go, just like my old dog. For the most part a troll does not have the intelligence to debate rationally, instead, frustrated by this inability, they resort to personal attacks. Kinda sad when you think about it.

If the SR were following their own guidelines, those attacks would be removed.

The Big Dog's back

So when you spew lies how should we respond?

goofus

Facts from credible sources renouncing the so called lies would be nice!!!!! And not coasterfan undocumented ramblings!!!!

Contango

@ doggie:

"So when you spew lies how should we respond?" :-7

Matt Westerhold

For better or worse, the reader comment section at sanduskyregister.com is referred to in the community as 'the Blog.'

Blues

Says you.

Matt Westerhold

I generally refer to it as the comments section, or comments. 

Nemesis

While you may refer to it thusly, you do not speak for the community. Those in the community who know the real meaining of the word have made it pretty clear in this thread that they do not refer to it in that manner.

If you're a journalist who doesn't know how to use a word properly, do you really think you should boast about that?

Your columnists, like Sharon, Tom, and now Ruth sort of meet the standard definition of bloggers. The commenters do not. English is not only your mother tongue, it's the primary tool of your trade. This comment of yours is like a carpenter standing up in the town square and announcing to everyone that he thinks a hammer is for drilling holes.

Blues

^+1!

dorothy gale

Right on.

SamAdams

Only by people who are too ignorant to know the simple (and blatantly obvious) difference between blogs and comment posts! As the local source of news, etc., wouldn't it behoove you to EDUCATE the populace rather than capitulate to ignorance? I mean, just because too many uneducated people insist on saying "irregardless," does that mean you're going to start using that non-word in your publication any time soon? Using your blog argument, I guess that's next...

Blues

I despise that "unword" irregardless. LOL!! See? I made a new word called "unword" I said it so it must be true?

Centauri

unword?

http://www.unwords.com/alpha/U/1...

Grammar and spelling is invenereal to me.

http://www.diclib.com/cgi-bin/d1...
invenereal-Immaterial; beside the point; irrelevant.

Contango

Re: "irregardless,"

Kinda up there with the nonsensical phrase: Don't forget.

Wouldn't saying "remember" just be easier?

I like "not bad" too. Does that mean "good"? :)

dorothy gale

Agree.

thinkagain

Daily I see the same names, each tirelessly expressing their thoughts on a myriad of subjects. Since they haven’t their own column, maybe technically not bloggers in the truest sense. Yet thanks to the collaborative space provided by the SR, bloggers one and all.

The Big Dog's back

Yeah, your right wing religious zealot views are so much more appealing.

Contango

Re: "Yeah,"

“Another insightful comment by bonehead.” - the Big Dog’s back, 6/5/13 :-7

Darwin's choice

In more "blog" news...Obama is going home at last!
http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgr...

Contango

I miss Rufus Sanders.

J Cooper

Rename it from the blog to the mindless rants of the left wing loons...

shucks

Spell check: Make that ' right' wing loons.

Contango

Re: "Spell check:"

"Drunken pretentious rantings." - 4shizzle, 6/4/13. :-7

Centauri

"Since nearly anyone can blog about an online article and not identify themselves, it is also true that almost anyone can blog the same article under several different names. When one person creates several different personas in the blogging community, the personas are called sock puppets, presumably because it is like having a sock puppet on each hand and having them talk to one another."

How about two or more people using the same screen name on the same internet site or blog? That means two or more people sharing the same account name and password and posting comments.

Darkhorse

77 blogs and almost all of them are nasty and downright hateful. Someone must be doing something right to bring on all the hate. What a hateful nasty little town we live in that someone cannot have a difference of opinion or comment on anything.

kURTje

I concur darkh.

shucks

"I've ignored them and others before with little to no effect. I'll take your suggestion under advisement." --Contango Fri, 06/14/2013 - 3:04pm

Apparently you've FAILED again.
In your mind, the rules are :' YOU don't take advice,( and since everyone is inferior to you) YOU give advice.'( Hitler had a similar attitude as you do toward people.)

Quote THIS ---------> Proverbs 18:6

" Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels;
they are asking for a beating."
.

Contango

Re: "Apparently..."

“Take your hate and lies somewhere else,” – 4shizzle, 4/24/13 :-7

shucks

"I've ignored them and others before with little to no effect. I'll take your suggestion under advisement." --Contango Fri, 06/14/2013 - 3:04pm

HA HA HA HA !!!

Contango

Re: "HA HA HA HA !!!"

“He's gotten nuttier.” – 4shizzle, 6/5/13 :-7

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