How to Destroy a NYT Column by Blogging

When I had first heard about this ordeal, I didn’t know whether it would be appropriate to post it on Wesleying. In fact, you might call this my first ethical blogging dilemma. To put it another way, I didn’t know whether blogging about another student’s blog would help or harm that student’s current situation seeing as how readily Wesleying is attached to (though not recognized by) Wesleyan. I feared that whatever I said about the issue at hand would get picked up pretty fast before I had all the facts straight. I admit, I still don’t get the facts right because this whole thing is pretty ridiculous and what it seems to be more than anything is the desperate death rattle of NYT’s Metropolitan Diary editor Michael Pollak.

In essence, what happened was as follows: Andrea Silenzi ’07 runs a blog called Seven Second Delay, which is basically blogged commentary for a WFMU radio show by the same name. On said show, the two DJs, Ken and Andy, joked about the predictable formula of Metro Diary submissions which document reader’s anecdotes on life in New York City (think Overheard in New York, but lamer and tamer). A reader of Andrea’s blog submitted a silly little made-up anecdote they felt would surely appeal to Pollak. And it did.
When the fact checker called, Andrea apparently “lied” and said the story was true. Pollak then emailed Andrea (read it, it’s funny).

Anyway, long story short, the story gets picked up by Huffington Post, Gawker and now our very own Argus. You can read about all the painful details.

The best part of thism though, is that many of the bloggers who picked up this story basically took Pollak’s word that Andrea was a liar–without fact-checking. Basically, though they all dismiss Pollak’s column as trash, they still accepted the “truthiness” of his word against hers and rather than, you know, say email Andrea (since she’s so “arrogantly” all over the internet, how hard could it be for a blogger to find her?), they just published his swill as is. Poor showing, bloggers.

Phew. That was fun. No, wait, no. No it wasn’t.

12 thoughts on “How to Destroy a NYT Column by Blogging

  1. Anonymous

    what’s funnier is if you read the argus article he told her she was arrogant for having so much information about herself on the internet. now since i think andrea is a wonderful person, i went to do a google search on her name. funny how on the first page, only two hits related to her came up and they weren’t at the top of the page. there is however, a wealth of material about andrea silenzi, former italian (MALE) footballer…i wonder if mr. pollack has some issues with reading comprehension when he carries out a google search. it seems to me that he just saw the name and didn’t read the descriptions and went ARROGANT! ARROGANT! (fyi those two links were a) her senior interviewer page at wesleyan’s office of admissions and b) the time she was a wesceleb in the argus. the horror. the arrogance!)

  2. Anonymous

    what’s funnier is if you read the argus article he told her she was arrogant for having so much information about herself on the internet. now since i think andrea is a wonderful person, i went to do a google search on her name. funny how on the first page, only two hits related to her came up and they weren’t at the top of the page. there is however, a wealth of material about andrea silenzi, former italian (MALE) footballer…i wonder if mr. pollack has some issues with reading comprehension when he carries out a google search. it seems to me that he just saw the name and didn’t read the descriptions and went ARROGANT! ARROGANT!

    (fyi those two links were a) her senior interviewer page at wesleyan’s office of admissions and b) the time she was a wesceleb in the argus. the horror. the arrogance!)

  3. Anonymous

    I just enjoy the fact that the editor of the NYT’s Metropolitan Diary called someone arrogant. That’s like the president of the Hair Club for Men lambasting someone for being bald.

  4. Anonymous

    I just enjoy the fact that the editor of the NYT’s Metropolitan Diary called someone arrogant. That’s like the president of the Hair Club for Men lambasting someone for being bald.

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