by Dexter Harper
If you know me you won’t find it surprising that I’m a fan of The Science Channel. One program that will nearly always cause me to stop and watch is “How It’s Made”. The premise of the show is quite simple. “How It’s Made” takes the viewer though the production stages of products and objects. Many are so common that their existence are taken for granted. One of my favorite episodes involved the making of #2 lead pencils with erasers.
Pencils with erasers are one of mankind’s earliest editing devices. Editing is one of the fundamental principles of democracy. The rise and fall of nations could be traced back to items edited in or edited from their constitutions. It turned out that prohibition was a bad edit of the US constitution and that bad edit eventually led to a re-edit to repeal the earlier edit.
Now that we’ve briefly covered the pros and cons of editing I’ll proceed with my rant.
On this Christmas morning while surfing the net I found myself at the opinion section of the Amarillo Globe News. Alex Ramos’ opinion was about an idea as simple as a #2 lead pencil with an eraser, its title “A downtown theater?”
How complex of a response would his opinion require? The first response amounted to nothing more than maybe/maybe not, the second was comedic satire of the present state of City Hall. But the third comment was where the tide began to turn. And this prompted me to throw in my two cents.
Wow, that was quick! I posted and my comments were moderated and approved. In less than 2 minutes my comments were visible for all on amarillo.com to view.
Interested in how the comment thread would unfold, I revisited the Globe News website a few hours later. And behold someone had responded to my comments.
Touche, someone sliced back at me, eager to return the point on my sword, I penned my next round of comments. The time is now 6:32 pm Christmas evening and my comments have yet to appear on the Globe News website. But two other comments submitted after mine were moderated hours ago and are on the Globe News website for your viewing pleasure.
Did I fall victim to the all powerful edit, you know, it’s that thing I discussed at the beginning of this post.
Below you’ll find the comment stream and the final summation of my rant.
As my Governor said, “Oops”.
Seems I anticipated ahead of posting that my comments would be destined for the cutting room floor, because I screen shot them before clicking on the ‘Save Comment’ button.
And now the reason you listened to my rant, below are the comments that I submitted around 9 am that fell victim to the edit. You be the judge, did I deserve the edit.
And this my friends is “How It’s Made” …
How edits are made to sway and form public opinion.
Oh by the way, I recognize and respect the rights of Amarillo Globe News to moderate and edit according to their policies and agendas.
That’s why BlackAmarillo.com exist; to provide an alternative voice.