Baby, I’m Amazed

I got home from dinner last night to learn that not only could I not post to the Martha’s Vineyard Times website, all my earlier comments had been removed from the Sheriff’s Meadow story. This is flattering, sure — it’s nice to know that one’s writing is having an effect — but it’s bewildering too. My posts have been mostly about facts: refuting errors, clarifying points, and adding significant details. This is so threatening they have to remove the comments from public view? Usually when comments are removed, “comment removed” or something similar is left in its place. Mine are gone without trace. Wow.

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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3 Responses to Baby, I’m Amazed

  1. susan robinson says:

    Being erased is often a creepy experience– always good when you can see what it says about the power dynamics in the situation, and about the eraser who can’t let facts see the light of day.


  2. I keep thinking the paper has been hijacked by a spoiled-brat five-year-old and at any moment the adults are going to come home and take his computer away.


  3. dabodog says:

    Really does make you wonder what the HELL is going on, right? I mean of all the racist comments that remain posted when ANY Brazilian issue is written, no matter how coarse or derogatory the inane writing is, they seem intent bent on biased reporting on this story in particular. Well, I have not checked my comments, but I’m sure they did not care for mine, either. My response? I will no longer advertise in the MV Times. For nearly ten years I have used them for my business. No longer. In fact, I will advocate an advertising boycott from ALL island businesses for the MV Times. Maybe THAT will warrant a response to their bias?


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