Saturday, May 07, 2005

The missing hyperlink

It is customary in the blogosphere to link to items that you are quoting--unless you are afraid, apparently, that your readers might actually follow that link.

For instance, conservative Catholic blogger Amy Welborn (my cyber-neighbor at Blog Heaven) recently viewed with alarm a Wiccan's writing on sexual predators in the Wiccan community.

The comments are . . . interesting.

But what is missing? There is no hyperlink. Had she placed one, readers might have seen that essayist Lisa McSherry mentioned Catholic sexual predators as well. (Read McSherry's entire essay here on the Witches' Voice site.) Everything else that Welborn posts is hyperlinked--until she deals with Wicca.

Selective quoting works best when no one can double-check you.


Anonymous Jason Pitzl-Waters said...

Wow. Those comments. Threatened by a religion they don't understand much?

8:57 AM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Some are priceless, aren't they. But people can express their opinions. It's a free blogosphere. I am still more annoyed by Welborn's violation of the blogger's ethos--her omission of a link to the original site!

2:40 PM  
Blogger Kensho Godchaser said...

Of course they don't take us seriously. After all, according to one of the commenters there, we're just a bunch of lesbians.

12:54 PM  

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