Monday, May 01, 2006

She's Unable to Dine Today, Madam

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I am sorry to find that Anonymous Professor has taken his blog down. I personally thought his habit of calling people "bitches" and "morons" was horrible, but he should be able to have a blog if he wants one. My biggest beef was with Inside Higher Ed linking to one of his particularly hateful posts, but I also took issue with The Chronicle's snotty "Thomas Benton" as well. I do feel as if everybody has the right to free speech, but every time I found myself feeling the least bit sorry, I reread Anonymous Professor and felt too disgusted to even think about retracting a word.

Internet blogging is not the same as private journaling, anymore than giving a speech in a town square is the same as talking to one's self. Anyone can happen by and read it. So why are people so bent out of shape when their rants get read?

R. I. P., Dr Mandrake. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of you.


MaggieMay said...

I was sorry that he felt he had to take it down, although I kind of understand why: I got linked to IHE last yr (early in my blogging "career" :) )and I was a bit ALARMED at how many people read the post... while I "knew" the blog was for public consumption, I didn't realize until that moment how very public it could be.

App Crit said...

Well said, Sfrajett.

It is a shame. This is the internet, after all. And while the blogosphere isn't usenet, it's not too far removed. A rant is a rant. He didn't speak for us all (only for himself, really), but he got a lot of people talking.

But he also should have understood that invective of that nature, no matter how tempered with "sensitive posts," will solicit a scrutiny of equal zeal. And since he is untenured, perhaps he should have realized what MaggieMay said above.