Thursday, July 5, 2007

It was Littlefield, With the Candlestick, In the Conservatory

As was brought to my attention by Deadspin, a Pirates' blog by the name of Bucco Blog has decided to shut down after about a year and a half. I was not a regular reader, but I had come across it a few times and found it to be an enjoyable read. Blogs come and go, but the way that this one went has raised some suspicion. From what I can gather, Jake, the author of the blog, had posted a story about a certain individual in the Pirates' organization that was not very flattering in one way or another. The individual then wrote an email to Jake explaining that not only was the story false, but that it had almost cost him his job. Jake appeared to be appalled by the effect his post may have had on another person's life, and decided to shut down the site. All previous posts have been removed, so any research from that standpoint appears to be out of the question.

The issue, for me though, is not that we don't know what was said or who sent the email to Jake relating the implications of the story, but instead it is how a blog can cause a problem like this in the first place. I can obviously see this happening if it involves pictures, emails, video, or even a simple statement that is said to be fact. But to think an opinion, which is what Jake called it, could jeopardize someone's livelihood is either ludicrous or frightening. I'm not sure what to think about it at this point, and I don't wish to speculate further. I have a feeling this will get out eventually. I'm not exactly sure how RSS and Atom feeds work, but if feeds were offered (I could not find them on the site) subscribers to the Bucco Blog may have the old posts and the answers. Again, the specifics are not really the issue, although they would answer many questions, but Jake deserves all the respect in the world for stepping up and taking responsibility. As much as he may feel that blogs are dangerous I do not remember the last time an ESPN personality with "inside" connections was man enough to take responsibility for falsely reporting a coach was about to lose their job or leave for another opening. Those type of statements, in my opinion, are much more dangerous to an individual's job, not to mention the adverse effect on the coach's family. Individual accountability is one thing that any good blog can take pride in. I'll step off my soapbox now.

Read Jake's Last Two Posts
(Also check out Pat's post right below this for a link to Mark Cuban's article dealing with these issues)
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