Sunday, September 14, 2008
This Day in Revisionist History
If you delete something... a blog entry, a comment, etc. - does that mean it never happened?
I bring this up because some posts have disappeared from Middleboro Selectman Adam Bond's blog, Coffee Talk. One referred to his recent public outrage about the Mashpee Wamapanoag's letter to the Governor requesting they commence casino compact negotiations while leaving Middleboro out in the cold, and another was a weird sort of personal (aka public) "everything's ok now, but don't let it happen again or I'll scratch your eyes out" letter to Tribal chief Sean Hendricks.
Both posts seem to have vanished.
Fortunately, Media Nation blogged about the first, and I blogged the second for posterity.
Belicose Bumpkin, Carl's Quotes and Carverchick blogged about it, too.
So why take down the posts on his own blog?
Is Bond trying to rewrite history - or just his own history?
This all comes on the heels of hearing that Bond's latest radio program has been offering a kinder gentler form of Bondage.
I respect the fact that blogs are an individual form of expression, and you can do whatever you want with them, including removing your own posts when it suits you.
That being said, I personally think it's a cop out. If someone says it, it's been said. You can't erase it in real life. So deal with it. Stand by it.
The blogosphere ain't for sissies.
To me, the removal of those posts on Adam's blogs is an admission that they were as goofy and as weird as most of us thought they were. Like many of them have been.
Now it's being suggested that Bond is attempting to change his image. If so, this is in keeping with his modus operandi: Condemn the people who criticize your actions. Intimidate them if necessary. Erase any words that might come back to haunt you. And proclaim it's all in the name of "unity".
But, no matter how much Bond, or anyone else, tries to rewrite the history of these casino chronicles, no matter how many memories fade, or feelings mellow, or spin is spun, and regardless of how many folks will eventually swallow his call for 'unity' - anyone in search of the actual truth can always visit good old Gladys Kravitz and see for themselves what really happened, and decide for themselves if this "image change" is for real, or just more lipstick on a Yorkie.
But hey, you know that's why I'm here.
Posted by Gladys Kravitz at 9:51 AM