Thursday, April 23, 2015

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility? School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks; Doris Day's Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Did DearAuthor.com Lose Credibility?

One of the reasons why I rarely do book reviews here is because I'm a published author and a blogger.  As an author and blogger I don't want my readers to think I'm in collusion with other authors or publishers to promote or solicit books. I also don't want to cross the lines. I have always believed that reviews are for readers, not for authors. I think the last book I reviewed here was James Franco's Actors Anonymous. I don't know Franco, nor do I ever want to know him.

I also blog for free, without ads, because I believe the spirit in personal blogging is not for profit in a broad sense. The only books I promote here are my own. And most of the time I fall short in that department, too.

Rhetorically speaking, I couldn't help wonder if the romance review site, DearAuthor.com, has lost credibility since the disclosure that the owner of the blog, a woman (I don't believe in doxxing either) who goes by the pen name of "Jane Litte," has been writing and getting New Adult genre books published under another pen name, "Jen Frederick." What happened with "Jane Litte" and her disclosure about "Jen Frederick" goes quite a bit deeper than a pen name.

I'm not going to get into all that here, mainly because I'd like to remain objective. Most people already know the story and for those who don't there are plenty of links out there with a simple search. This particular link to a blog titled The Passive Voice gets more involved, and there are comments you might find interesting...or not. 

I'm just wondering, once again rhetorically speaking, if any book review blog can continue to maintain the same credibility it once had after something like this. And, can the contributors associated with that blog continue to remain credible? There are no easy answers at this point. In many cases DearAuthor.com does more than just review books. I can't add any personal comments here because I truly believe that only time will tell in this case.

We do tend to be a culture that forgives. It's what we do.

 School Coach Fired For Hate Tweet About Pizza Jerks

This is an ironic twist, for certain. When the owners of Memories Pizza in Indiana made the announcement they would not cater a gay wedding because of their religious convictions, a high school coach tweeted something that got her fired.

She said: 'Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? "That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE" Ignorant.'

The next day, Dooley told school officials about the tweet and how it was receiving negative attention online.

'The promotion of harmful, illegal activity to Concord Schools' students by a lay coach is unacceptable,' Concord Community Schools' Superintendant Wayne Stubbs said in a statement yesterday (21 April).

'Concord Schools thanks Ms. Dooley for the services that she provided as a lay high school coach during the past few years.

'She has learned a difficult lesson concerning the incorrect use of electronic communications. Unfortunately, too often electronic communications are sent without the sender fully appreciating the potentially harmful effect of that message.

I hate to speculate on things like this, but if you know Twitter and you know how people Tweet I would say the odds are that Dooley had no intentions of ever going anywhere with a torch in her hand. I would highly doubt she ever intended to harm anyone or anything, let alone burn down some trashy pizza joint no one cares about.

However, last night someone I follow posted a short video of himself practicing old west gun techniques. You know, how they spin the guns and throw them up in the air. That was all in fun, without political or social motivation. But the PC police sent him PMs attacking him for promoting guns and violence...which he was NOT doing at all.

The point is that you can't trust anything anymore. Watch what you tweet, post, or put in writing anywhere online. Watch what you text or e-mail. It could wind up changing your life more than you thought it would.

You can read more about Dooley here. 

Doris Day's Last Visit With Rock Hudson

Doris Day and Rock Hudson made many films together in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Hudson died of AIDS during the height of the AIDS epidemic and shocked the world when we discovered America's leading man was actually gay. Doris Day has been out of the spotlight for probably more years than she was in it. Evidently, she's 91 years old now and talking about her last visit with Rock Hudson.

'He was very sick. But I just brushed that off and I came out and put my arms around him and said "Am I glad to see you,"' she tells People Magazine.

Even though he was dying of complications from AIDS during that final visit in 1985, Hudson kept his promise to appear in the premiere episode of Day's new talk show.

'He'd get very tired,' she recalls of his visit to Carmel in California where she lives and where the show was taped.

'I'd bring him his lunch and fix him a big platter but he couldn't eat. I'd say "What if I get a fork and feed you" but he said "Doris I can't eat."'

There's more here, with a video of them both. 






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