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Strengthening the Bad

Like the internet itself, the blogosphere can be used for doing a tremendous amount of good. Here is a prime example of this. And let us not forget about Forgerygate. However, blogging can also be used to strengthen the bad.
Reading Meryl Yourish’s blog this morning, it was with utter disbelief that I saw this:
Apparently, some teenaged girl trying to impress a boy she had a crush on made a video of herself masturbating, and the boy put the video up on a file-sharing network. Kevin Aylward of Wizbang included this video in his “10 Spot” linkfest.
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In the comments, Kevin’s defense is a multi-part answer:
I don’t want to rain on your parade with facts, but A) I didn’t link directly to the video, B) Most if not all of the links (according to a later post) do not work, C) I’m pretty certain the link had already appeared on FARK, D) The article doesn’t prove it’s the girl in question (and not a p0rn star).
What is sadder than Kevin’s poor attempts at self-justification is the fact that he is undoubtedly generating alot of traffic through this exercise in irresponsible behavior.
I ask Kevin this: Did you for even a minute consider that your actions are possibly contributing to the emotional distress that this young girl is, no doubt, undergoing? While you are not solely responsible for the situation – there are plenty of people willing to publicize this video – you are using your popularity in the blogosphere to disseminate it to more people. You are thus part of the problem. And for what? For increased readership? Is it worth it?
This is not the first time that Kevin has ostensibly pursued a greater readership at all costs, without regard to the consequences of his actions. I recall seeing a plethora of links to a Paris Hilton video on his site a while back.
This is all a real shame, since Kevin does also blog about worthwhile topics (which is reflected by Wizbang’s relative popularity in the blogosphere). If he concentrated on quality blogging, he could also strengthen the good.
With the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana approaching, we reflect on our actions and their intended and unintended consequences. I would advise Kevin to do the same.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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