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January 31, 2006
Are You Dooced If You Quit?
I missed this last week, but last week, Opinionista, the 27-year old, Ivy League trained lawyer who was blogging from inside a Manhattan law firm outed herself. After 10 months of using a veil to expose the petty rivalries, politics and inner workings of her profession, Melissa Lafsky is out in the open and out of a job. (She says she quit "to avoid scandal and prevent any potential embarrasment to my coworkers," so not technically she wasn't dooced.)
Still, and maybe this is to be expected, she says that the blog wasn't all about her one job. She writes that she pulled together stories from other firms she worked at and dramatized events, telling them from a melodramatic point of view.
And the bigger question, of course, (asked by Elana Centor) is now that she's outed, will she be able to keep her audience, who visited for stolen tidbits torn from inside her stealthy workaday life?
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An off the cuff comment from reading your post:
Heather, blogs are allowing a lot of people to indulge in drama they otherwise would do all in their power to avoid.
I think it would be an interesting poll: asking is this a good or bad thing.
Seems blogs allow folks a new avenue worth traveling in search of fame. To that end, I think falsehoods and of exaggerations will reign. Not a good thing in my opinion.
Posted by: D. Harry at January 31, 2006 01:46 PM
Then she's a liar, like the Frey guy with that hyperbolic, stereotyped fantasy "A Million Little Pieces".
If she represented her tidbits as true anecdotes from a single law firm, but they were actually a jumble of incidents from a variety of jobs, and also "made melodramatic", she is a Liar and a Fraud.
She should have just said nothing about the source of her remarks, or labeled it fiction but based on true episodes, with imaginative embellishments to make it more funny or interesting.
I write funny short fiction, and some is based on real events, but I always embellish, and creatively enhance. But I call it fiction.
It's strange that Americans are so bored and stupid as to "not care" about Fact vs. Fiction, or like Oprah and Dan Rather: they "really wanted to believe it" and "well, it's a good message, regardless of how strictly factual it is".
Talk about "dumbing down", it doesn't get much more dumbed down than that.
Posted by: steven streight aka vaspers the grate at January 31, 2006 05:31 PM