Friday, March 30, 2012
Are Republicans Afraid of New Mexico Senator Eric Griego?
There is never a dull moment as a website manager, online journalist, blogger, or whatever you want to call this 8 year old media. But, what you see from watching this website and the back workings of this website is very interesting, to say the least. What follows is a description of "Comment Drama!"
The latest interesting comment drama has been around the contentious Congressional District 1 race. There has been a commenter, lurking, we in the biz call it trolling. The troll comments under different names; sometimes using Mary, sometimes using Mary Martinez, and sometimes using Tommy Jones. So the troll’s identity remains a mystery.
What we do know is that the troll, he or she, comments always contain derogatory information about NM Senator Eric Griego. While appearing to support one of the other democratic candidates in the race. Now it has come to Democracy for NM attention that the troll has commented on other posts on another blog; NM Telegram, with an identical comment.
The troll has consistant commenting, he or she is always ragging on Eric Griego, criticizing about the progressive bills that have not been passed that Eric has carried. Eric has carried many of the progressive bills which would help the people of NM, Eric has fought for these bills which the conservative blue dog democrats and republicans have voted down, refused to pass. So thank you troll for highlighting what a voice for the people Eric will be if elected, he will fight for the people against all odds.
And finally, if you click on the URL link that the troll with the phony names uses - it takes you to a republican website, The Republican Party of Bernalillo County website!
Mr/Ms Republican Troll if you are trying to educate our readers on the difference between the republicans and democrats you have done a fine job. But if the troll is a supporter of one of the other Democratic candidates, my first response is shame on you. My second response is, you have done a fine job at educating our readers on a real democratic progressive, fighting for the people of New Mexico. Fighting for those who cannot fight, Eric will stick his neck out. These days those bills you list do not pass, but some day they will. Sometimes what appears as a negative comment is actually a positive comment.
Below is an image of the "Comment Drama."
Thanks for a full article on the troll, Mary Ellen. Sometimes people miss the comments!
Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 30, 2012 5:22:31 PM
Ed Yoon, Griego's campaign manager, has just sent around a fund raising letter using this post as a reason to ask for contributions.
However, he doesn't have the courtesy to actually link to this blog or to Mary Ellen's post. He links to a place on a site he controls where he has re-posted Mary Ellen's image.
That's reprehensible. Courtesy alone should require a link to this blog itself, and the lack of a link is a serious discourtesy.
Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Mar 30, 2012 8:31:30 PM
Oh, please, Michael. "Reprehensible?" That's just ridiculous. Mr. Yoon credited Democracy for New Mexico, after all. He simply copied the image to the campaign website, not the whole article. That's fair use. At worst not linking to the blog is mediocre netiquette.
Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 30, 2012 10:39:48 PM
"That's fair use."
I didn't accuse him of copyright infringement, to which fair use is a defense. I accused him of discourtesy.
"At worst not linking to the blog is mediocre netiquette. "
Mediocre? I think it's terrible netiquette. Linking is the coin of the internet. A link is how you pay back the people whose work inspires or assists you. You link to others, others link to you, and the whole gift-type exchange system functions. Not linking is like taking something without paying it forward.
"Mr. Yoon credited Democracy for New Mexico, after all"
True. And that's why I only accused him of discourtesy, rather than something far worse. You're right, he could have simply stolen it - so give him points for being merely impolite.
Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Mar 31, 2012 6:29:22 AM
Here's John Gruber making the same point I was making, but he uses the term "scumbags":
To put it another way:
Mary Ellen deserves some return on her time and effort.
One way she gets a return is by selling advertising
Advertising payments depend, usually, on page views.
Copying but not linking deprives her of page views, so it takes money away from Mary Ellen
She deserves the money, and she doesn't need some compaign manager taking her content and depriving her of the page views.
Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Apr 1, 2012 4:09:46 PM
Well, I see your point. However, the Griego campaign did not take the whole article, just the illustration. Moreover, John Gruber's blog is not about Mary Ellen and the DFNM blog, but a content aggregator. The scale is vastly different, as are the business models AFAIK. This is a false equivalence.
I agree that Mr. Yoon should have linked to the article. However, I think you are making a mountain out of a molehill.
Posted by: Proud Democrat | Apr 1, 2012 6:57:04 PM