Blogging behind anonymity

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I got an e-mail the other morning.

That, by itself,was not news – I get work e-mails all day, every day. But this message, and its subject matter, got me thinking, and ultimately prompted this column.

The e-mail directed me to a blog that deals heavily with Zionsville conspiracy theories. If you’re reading this, you know its name and that’s good, because I refuse to promote it any further than need be.

Before I execute my takedown of this pothole on the information superhighway, let me be clear: I’m not from Zionsville and have no dog in the fight concerning Zionsville politics. I’m here to tell stories and to relay the news, in as impartial a manner as possible; that’s called journalism.

Said blog is not journalism. It’s cowardly, anonymous trash. Whoever the author is – everyone seems to have ideas about that – he or she apparently feels comfortable lobbing grenades, often personal ones, from behind an opaque keyboard.

To my knowledge, the blog hasn’t tossed any literary explosives in Current in Zionsville’s direction, but that’s not the issue. I take exception to its gutless tone, and the taking to task of people who, ostensibly, are simply trying to make a living or improve their community.

If you’re connecting mental dots and assume Current in Zionsville is in bed with local politicians now, because of the chasm between the tone of this column and that blog, stop. If you’re thinking I’m a hypocrite because I used anonymous quotes in a Current story on the subject with which the blog deals, stop. Those quotes were a far cry from the blog’s hurtful, childish ramblings.

As a human, either you get it, or you don’t. Slandering people from behind the veil of anonymity is a huge hallmark of the latter. Just sign your name – maybe people would take your garbage more seriously.

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3 Comments

  1. Great editorial. Well said and you said what many people have said all along about that blog. It is demeaning and unethical, but truly a product of the two people that write it.

  2. thank you both for saying what so many, including myself have been reluctant to say. it is amazing to me that the authors of that blog refuse to accept comments. what are they frightened of, democaracy.

  3. Just wondering on

    I have read the blog in question and do wonder about some of the issues presented. It would be nice to read well researched information on the same issues. As I watch the proerty tax draining massive apartments (schools, fire and police) rise on what should have been a property tax paying commercial property such as Walmart or Krogers, I do wonder what the Council was thinking, and why it was never publicized for public comment.

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