If You Ask A Blogger To Alter A Story, You’re Gonna Have A Bad Time
Today there was a hilariously awkward letter from a Delta Gamma sorority girl that was posted to Gawker which has gone viral in a big way. But I don’t want to comment on the letter itself because that’s not what’s interesting here.
So let’s share what is interesting. What should be common sense for everyone with even a shred of critical thinking skills is that a blogger (or any type of digital media professional) is not going to self-censor based on a request. Especially one from the parties involved in the story.
And yet. The President of the sorority thought herself so important she could simply ask Gawker to censor the story. Naturally, as any of her peers at the University of Maryland could have predicted, Gawker gleefully added her email response to the story and did not remove any of the content.
Here’s the email request:
My name is [redacted] and I am the current president of Delta Gamma at the University of Maryland. It has been brought to my attention that you recently published an unsavory email that was sent out over my chapter’s list-serve. Is it possible for you to either remove the article or just remove the names “Delta Gamma” and “Sigma Nu” from your article? This email absolutely does not reflect our chapter’s values nor Sigma Nu’s and any assistance you can give us is greatly appreciated.
She calls out that the email “does not reflect their chapter’s values” and so it should be removed, or at least the names of the sorority removed. Is it really possible a student at the University of Maryland (one in a Presidential role) is this media illiterate? Really makes you worry for the future.
Our only possible reaction: