Posts Tagged: Blogging

Change the scene


I can’t keep up with writing at Crooks and Liars and writing here. There may occasionally be a reason to post something here that I wouldn’t post there, and if so, I will.

But I do need a home for my photos. They’re spread all over the Internet right now, on Flickr, some on Posterous, some on Facebook, some on Twitter. None within my immediate grasp. It seems to me that the right home is the one I own, so I’ll be posting more photos and transforming this into a photoblog.

I’m reluctant to let this blog fade away, since it has been around for almost ten years. I just can’t duplicate the writing effort in so many places. As it is, I’m one step past burnout.

Meet the “Other” (Kenneth) Bradley Manning

I would like to introduce you to the “other” Bradley Manning. Actually, his name is Kenneth Bradley Manning, and he has one helluva mugshot.

Kenneth Bradley Manning was arrested in April, 2010 when he left the scene of a stabbing. A high speed chase ensued which resulted in deputies chasing him down and arresting him after he crashed a stolen car. He didn’t look real good when they took his picture.

Now why do I care that you know about this guy, Kenneth Bradley Manning? Because there’s a bunch of blogs out there using this mugshot and calling it a picture of Private Bradley Manning who is being detained for allegedly turning over classified information to Wikileaks. Here are just a few that I found, and I’ve kept screenshots just in case they decide to pull down the photos without any explanation or retraction.

Please understand. This is not a post opining about Pvt. Bradley Manning’s treatment, his detention, or anyone else’s opinion of his treatment or detention. But if you’re going to get outraged and shake your fists over it, at least do it with facts instead of taking a mugshot of a dude who clearly is NOT Private Bradley Manning and trying to say it’s an “After” photo of him. Before anyone tries to slam me with the lame excuse that posting a photo of the “other Bradley Manning” in a post about Private Bradley Manning doesn’t mean they’re presenting it as a ‘before or after’ photo, I offer this evidence, which is how these photos appear on one of the posts listed above:

I understand that Manning’s detention is a flashpoint among the left. But that anger is now being exploited to pimp New Age bullshit conspiracy theories and other agendas, and this dishonest presentation of “Bradley Manning, Before and After” does nothing but harm their case. It is not any different than James O’Keefe editing a video to leave out key phrases in order to make an NPR executive look bad, or to take down ACORN. Bad enough when the right uses this tactic, but worse when the left uses and falls for it.

Reputation matters, not names

Serious question: If I added my last name to my first name to this post, would it somehow change how you view what I write?

My speculative answer: No, it would make no difference. In fact, it might confuse some of you, especially if I used one of my two commonly-used last names, maiden and married. In fact, you might even suspect that the writer of whatever I wrote under one of those two last names was someone different than me, because I might temper how I phrase things so as not to aggravate people who know me in a different context under one of those two names. I might also temper what I said under my married name because I have no desire to taint family members with my diametrically opposite beliefs. Should they own what I think? No. Will they? You betcha.

You read what I write because I write/tweet in a voice that you recognize and either trust, or enjoy trying to debunk. Right? You know me by this name because I have used it for every identity I maintain on the web but one. Right? And the only identity I do not have the privilege of using my known ID as YOU all know me is on Facebook, which tempers what I will and will not say and share there, since Facebook insists on mashing up my identities with every era of my life, from cradle to grave.

Here’s some advice to developers who make sites like Quora, the Newest Shiny Thing That Scoble Loves. When you are developing a reputation-based service it’s pretty ballsy of you to deny me the right to use an identity which enjoys a strong reputation, an identity which I use daily for as my standard web identity, a name which I have used to build my own reputation and credentials online. It’s especially ballsy of you to do it after asking me to sign up with Twitter.