Thursday, May 17, 2007
Questions For Peter Porcupine
It is no surprise or secret that Cynthia Stead is the uber-blogger known as Peter Porcupine on BlueMassGroup.com, and elsewhere. Indeed there seems to be some sort of strange understanding that everybody knows who Peter Porcupine is, yet nobody is supposed to mention it. Just in order to test my assumption, I posted a comment on BMG that referred to Cynthia Stead after Peter Porcupine had posted, yet drew no relation between the two. My comment was deleted, and this was the reply I got from BMG management:
"Hello. I have deleted a comment you posted on Laurel's marriage thread,
in which you used Peter Porcupine's real name. PP chooses to blog
anonymously, and we insist that users of BMG respect that choice, as we
insist that users respect the choice of any other user."
-How can you blog anonymously when you go around letting everyone know you are that person? At the last Republican Committee meeting it was a well talked about point that Cynthia Stead was their most important blogger. Is this supposed to be a secret?
-The "secret identity" you've chosen for yourself, isn't that a little over the top? Is William Cobbett supposed to be symbolic of you, or what you wish to become? I also don't get why you chose a man to be your pen name. What is behind that decision?
-Why do you refer to yourself in third person when you are already in character on your blog? You say, "Porcupine held a very modest...". Isn't it a little pompous to refer to yourself in third person? In fact, the more I read, the more I get the impression that there are delusions of grandeur. Sorry if that stings, but it is just an observation.
-On BlueMassGroup.com, every comment made is logged with a date and time stamp. It is my understanding that "Peter Porcupine" works for the state. Are you using state time to post your more than 1200 comments this year alone? When I review these comments, I can see some that are outside of the 9 to 5, but the bulk of these seem to be happening when you are at work. Why should the taxpayers flip the bill for your ego feeding blog addiction? You can be sure that this question WILL receive an answer, one way or the other.
Everyone has a right to their opinion, and to be able to share them as they please. When they do so, they open the door for others to praise or ridicule what they say. Ms. Stead is no doubt an intelligent woman. However, I question some of her motivations and decisions, and wonder if they are well intended stands for the public, or simply hubris. I do so in open forum with no qualms.