Alert blog-readers may have noticed that many blogs, including this one, use a “cut” or “more” tag on longer posts, so that only the first few paragraphs show on the main page, and to read the full story one needs to click on a link that usually says “continued” or “read more”. The text used to anchor such more-links is fully customisable according to a webmaster’s whims.
On Shakesville, they have a few playful habits, one of which is having their posts on the main page use a “more” link which says “Open Wide” to read the full post, and then a link at the end of the opened version which reads “Shut Up!” so that the article can be closed to the shorter version again, with the web-browser remaining on the main-page the whole time. (This is different from the way that more-links work on this blog, which is to take the reader’s web-browser to a separate single-post page. ) That more-link/close-link pair appears on every long post that a Shakesville author wants it to appear on, but it does not appear on every single article there.
So how does an experienced blogger like Glenn Sacks quote “Open Wide…Shut Up!” in his post about one of Melissa McEwan’s article as if those words were actually part of her post instead of part of the blog’s main-page architecture?
- Especially when those words only appear on the post when it’s part of the main page, and do not appear when the article is viewed as a single post (as per the link which Sacks himself provides)?
- Especially when even if viewing the post on the main page, the post would say either “Open Wide” at the bottom or “Shut Up” but not both, depending on whether one had clicked that “more” link or not?
- Especially when it was actually one of her short posts which didn’t even use the “more” link?
Including the “Shut Up!” as part of his executive summary of Melissa’s post is even more blatant. It absolutely reeks of deliberate misrepresentation.
“If you’re not a feminist, you’re not a progressive…End of story…Shut Up!”
See, I took the trouble to scroll back through the last week and a bit of posts using the Shakesville main-page and the “back” button in its bottom left corner. I back-paged all the way back to April 8th and looked at that post as it appears using the main-page format. There is no “Open Wide” more-link to be seen, so there is no way to generate a version of that post that includes a “Shut Up!” close-link either.
Just to hammer this point home: there is no honest way to quote any post on Shakesville that includes both “Open Wide” and “Shut Up!”: even if one did accidentally include that link-text in a cut-and-paste, the page would only show one or the other. There’s especially no way to honestly quote a short post which didn’t use the more-link to include that text.
Sacks must believe either that his readers are too lazy to actually follow a link that he provides and see that such text does not exist in the original post, or that his readers are not sufficiently ethical to call him out on falsely including text that was not part of the original post if they do follow the link. Either way that’s pretty damning.
Shame on you, Glenn Sacks. And shame on your readers for being so ready to believe your anti-feminist bile that as of this writing no-one has posted querying the inclusion of that text, which appears to have been included only to make Melissa look irrationally aggressive.
Next to the above faux-pas, the additional “huh?” about Sacks writing on April 15th about Melissa posting the quoted and linked post “yesterday” when her post was actually dated April 8th is hardly worth mentioning, but I will anyway. Wotta maroon.