College Blocks Blog Critical Of Chancellor; Now That Blog Is Mainstream News

from the nice-work! dept

Witty Nickname writes "A new Chancellor was selected to lead a Community College District in northern Harris County, Texas. A critical blog was set up to blast the new Chancellor, who quickly had IT block it on all campus computers. As these things always do, it backfired. The college was sued, forced to unblock the blog, and thanks to the media attention, now everyone in Houston knows about the blog." Didn't quite work the way he expected, huh? One would imagine that the blog got barely any traffic prior to this. Perhaps ignoring it would have been a better option.


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    mike, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 4:56am

    owned

     

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    hpiguy, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 5:35am

    How about some info on which community college in Northern Harris County? Or maybe the blog website? As usual techdirt gets half the story and runs with it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 5:53am

    College name

    See that blue underlined text, it links to a story in the Houston Chronicle calling out North Harris Montgomery Community College.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 5:54am

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    click the link to whole story and it's all right there, hey pay attention when you read and you might find everything you're looking for.

     

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    Ninjamynci, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 5:57am

    Re:

    Click on the link in the article and the information is there, right in front of you.

     

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    that guy, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 6:15am

    home sweet home

    I spent a few summers at North Harris Montgomery Community College between regular semesters... nice place, aside from all the stupid kids. I took a sophomore level government course in which the professor explicitly told us all the questions that were going to be on the MULTIPLE CHOICE test... verbatim. And yet, people still failed.

    Anyways, the staff there are idiots too. But, the campus is pretty.

     

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    Wisconsingod, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 6:44am

    They Should Learn

    This problem has been happenning to those who try to silence freedom of speech in the media age. It is what is commonly reffered to as the Streisand Effect. The namesake comes from the one real contribution that Barbra Streisand made to the world: Suing a photographer for use of a photo that included part of her home, and that photo became popular only after she sued.

     

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    Paul, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 7:02am

    Re: They Should Learn

    trust me, i'm pretty sure regular readers of techdirt know *all* about the streisand effect

     

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    Paul, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 7:28am

    That is the lazy way

    If you post about a person/place/thing and someone is interested in more information then there should be a direct link to the person/place/thing you are writing about.

    Placing a link to the source article without a direct link to the person/place/thing in question is lazy and un-professional.

    Here the blog itself is the item of primary interest and should have a direct link rather than sending an interested reader off on a FIND THE LINK paper chase.

     

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    Overcast, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 8:19am

    LOL, Universities are the just about the furthest thing now from 'free thought' and 'intellectual integrity'.

    What a farce.

    Seriously, anymore if you want to learn to really think, stay as far away from a University as possible.

     

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    William, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 8:27am

    filter

    They should have blocked all blogs/p0rn/streaming media from school computers using a filter. Problem solved now just put it in the school's internet terms of use. And everyone else gets a faster connection if you cut out all that crap at the school and the school might save money on their network connection.

     

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    nipseyrussell, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 8:43am

    "They should have blocked all blogs/p0rn/streaming media from school computers using a filter....... And everyone else gets a faster connection.... and the school might save money on their network connection."

    yep, because we all know how much bandwith blogs burn up

     

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    Scratch McGoo, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 8:45am

    Never underestimate the power of the Streisand Effect. It seems to have emerged as one of the universal laws of the Net.

     

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    RandomThoughts, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 8:56am

    They have colleges in Texas?

    The Streisand Effect will soon lose its luster, as now people are doing things that seem to against them, but in fact actually bring them greater attention.

    Take a look at the Boston Adult Swim marketing disaster. No attention at all was paid to those things for a week, no comment, no nothing. Then 5 calls go in to 911 within 5 mins. and there is almost a riot?

    I wonder why they never talked about the punishment for making a false 911 call. Guess they couldn't prove it, or for some reason, didn't want to call attention to it.

    That being said, you have C&D letters being sent not to take down information, but because it draws attention. I wonder how many blogs have sent themselves C&D letters.

     

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    elduderino, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 9:18am

    really?

    Streisand effect sure yeah, but this chancellor wasnt famous like Barbara Streisand, so it's a bit different, he gets publicity too, negative publicity is still better than no publicity..

    indeed nice work

     

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    Tempest, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 9:33am

    Re: #15

    "negative publicity is still better than no publicity"

    Not if you're a publicly accountable figure, which this chancellor is.

    And could everyone criticizing techdirt and Mike for their journalistic style just shut the hell up already? We get it, you don't like it. Move on to someplace you do.

     

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    RandomThoughts, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 9:54am

    "And could everyone criticizing techdirt and Mike for their journalistic style just shut the hell up already? We get it, you don't like it. Move on to someplace you do."

    I think that this post is pretty funny considering it is in a thread that kind of talks about freedom of speech.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 10:12am

    Re: That is the lazy way

    Hipguy requested the name of the college and/or the name of the blog. Both are in the linked article within the first few paragraphs. The blogs address is also in those paragraphs. The focus of the article is the blog, but the focus of this blog is the article witch Mike douse link to.

     

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    Nismoto, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 11:14am

    Re: That is the lazy way

    Sorry Paul, but you are the lazy one. How hard is it for you to click a link?

    Besides, a link to just the source article kind of encourages people to actually read it. From there, the reader can pursue the story further if he/she so chooses.

     

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    dorpass, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 11:39am

    "That being said, you have C&D letters being sent not to take down information, but because it draws attention."

    So are you saying that people always WANT the Streisand effect? Sounds quite far fetched, even looking at the original event that gave this phenomenon its name.

    "I wonder how many blogs have sent themselves C&D letters."

    That makes no sense, seeing how it accomplishes nothing.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 12:34pm

    Re: That is the lazy way

    Ahem, clicking on a link isn't that freakin' hard and if someone is lazy here, it's you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 3:01pm

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    Seriously, anymore if you want to learn to really think, stay as far away from a University as possible.
    Where would you suggest they go instead?

     

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    4-80-sicks, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 3:02pm

    Yeah, this is an EDITORIAL page, not "hard news." It fascinates me how many people don't realize that distinction. Links to the subject of the article that is linked, besides being unnecessary, are not always possible; in addition, that sometimes would run counter to the site's stance on many issues, such as when a company wants people to link to it for free publicity. Can't remember specific examples now, but I've seen that sort of thing written here.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 3:05pm

    Re: filter

    They should have blocked all blogs...
    And everyone else gets a faster connection if you cut out all that crap...
    If all blogs are crap then what does it say about you spending your time reading this one?

     

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    A Texan, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 3:11pm

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    They have colleges in Texas?
    Whee doggies, we're down right modern down here these a days. We got schoolin' an all that. Heck, some places even got 'lectricity an indoor plumbin'.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 23rd, 2007 @ 3:17pm

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    How about some info on which community college in Northern Harris County?

    It's on the internet. How hard is it to type google.com?

     

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    Hello, Oct 25th, 2007 @ 10:34pm

    I was just reading that blog you guys were talking about and they already had a link to yours. Thanks for some fun comments. Here is the blog you have been talking about http://richardcarpenterwatch.blogspot.com

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 26th, 2007 @ 1:43am

    Re: Re:

    It's on the internet. How hard is it to type google.com?
    How hard it is or isn't for the reader to find the references to validate a story on their own doesn't matter. The reader shouldn't have to do that, that's the author's job.

     

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    Informed, Dec 1st, 2007 @ 9:30pm

    Updated link

     

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    Community Colleges, Nov 5th, 2009 @ 12:05pm

    Community Colleges

    part of a college community like you are not bound to any rules and success is for you
    Thanks for reading and we are welcome you to join Community Colleges.

     

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