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New Media Watch
Every once in a while I check Technorati to see what other blogs are linking to Dartblog. Yesterday I discovered that an anonymous Dartmouth Livejournaler—someone called hipporetriever—is writing about the Trustee election. Neat.
BUT: Don’t waste your time poring over the writings of any plebes like Hippo Man (Correction: That’s Hippo Woman.) or me. “In this age of sound bites, blogs and political rhetoric, it can be difficult to get the facts,” the front page of Dartmouth.edu amusingly booms on this, the first weekend of heavy voting in the present Trustee election.
What that passage means, of course, is that Dartmouth’s administration—well-intentioned as always but quite often just not very good—is displeased that there exist alternate sources of information. Of course, the College will keep up its old-fashioned campaigning in this election (a colorful postcard with facts about the College was just received by alumni. It was intended to defuse Professor Smith’s recent letter but actually did not contest him squarely on any points.) but that doesn’t mean it can’t shake its fists at those dern blogs.
Dartmouth, by the bye, has always had a problem with blogs. It seems that whenever the College’s quite husky public relations department loses control of the flow of data, it tries to clamp down. For example, in late 2005, some enterprising Dartmouth computer engineers tried to create something called Viewpoints, which would aggregate the latest photos and news and blog posts about Dartmouth. But it had a bug: It kept pulling in articles from student blogs like mine. So it was deep-sixed by the public affairs department.
The pleasant ending to all of this has been seen a thousand times over in industry after industry: control loses and democratic media wins.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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