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オメガ 腕時計, heath, skkott, and 1 other are discussing. Toggle Comments
the grandma-author, was she standing there taking notes? how does she know these details? how does her heart let her share this misery with strangers? what is she doing to make the lives of her family members better? to spend such writing and rewriting this, then posting it where it will be read by so many, what’s the value of that to her if this is a true story about her family?
have read the part of the addendum where she writes, “…but this really happened, all of it happened…”
and that’s the clincher, for me. she protesteth too much. it’s too well-written, too detailed, too well-balanced to be credible as a report of something that recently happened to close famiiy members. unless the writer is a sociopath, that is. in which case, the story was written by the hands of the person who may have created an original dysfunction which spun this misery out, years later.
I believe the story is basically true, adrenaline fired in all its aspects, including the writing.
There’s certainly a covert thread of mischief in the writing, Heath, but I think most families would provide such material, albeit on differing levels. I wouldn’t pin the dysfunction on any one….I see it’s a collective dysfunction and the heroine is well on the way to break free. I’m sorry for the step-dad, as well!
Peaceful here, ennit!
She is a kossack (a Daily Kos member). Although DKos is a community political blog, they share a lot of personal and non-political stuff among themselves. So I am not surprised by the fact that she wrote a diary with such content.
She is an active member, her previous diaries and comments can be found here: http://got-a-grip.dailykos.com/ I haven’t gone through it, but it may provide some indication of her approach and intent…and perhaps help us understand her better.
Couple of observations from her previous diaries:
1) She attended Netroots Nation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netroots_Nation ) 2009 progressive bloggers’ convention. (Organized every year by Daily Kos.) Thousands of ordinary Kossacks attended this conference. There is a lot of bonding that happens in the community.
2) She posted diaries with an interval of months. This indicates that she is not an attention seeker kind of member who posts prolifically with provocative titles on a regular basis. She posted only 4 diaries in the past year but posted more than 500 comments, which again is a very healthy ratio. She posted a total of 26 diary entries since 2006. Which is also healthy.
She made 80 posts responding to comments(of over 800, in total) in the thread. Its always interesting to read discussions at DKos. I consider myself a kossack too:)
80 replies tells me the interchange is giving her energy. the post seems self-serving, if it’s real. either it’s part or full fiction, or she was a passive bystander and did nothing to stop the beatings. one can be an enthusiastic blogger, even a talented one, and still not be authentic in the stories one is sharing. how much energy and talent did we see at IB, and how much lying was woven into that? a lot. my reaction to this piece — gut-level — is that it’s a fraud (at least in part). the fact that money’s been offered, and ostensibly turned down — for now — underscores the lack of authenticity, for me.
imagine this to be a true account . imagine you are an angel hovering over the scene… ex-husband returns home, plastered and belligerent, late at night. enters former wife’s room. grandma blogger is either still up, or has to climb out of bed. she stands in the hallway, notepad and pen in hand, recording the events in accurate detail. sounds do-able, yes? no. or this one: ex-husband returns home, plastered and belligerent, late at night. enters former wife’s room. grandma is too horrified at what’s going down, and is too scared on her own behalf to do anything — even call the cops or keep her granddaughters out of the way! so she watches, hidden, and decides to write about it later as a way of getting revenge and justice when the danger (to herself) has passed. this one’s a maybe. or this one: ex-husband returns home, plastered and belligerent, late at night. enters former wife’s room. grandma isn’t there. she interviews the participants later, several times each, to be sure she is getting their stories accurately. then she begins to write… but isn’t it a known fact that witness and participants don’t remember things accurately, that they conflate, forget, exaggerate, and make stuff up, unconsciously? all of these possible scenarios allow for some truth. none of them reflect well on the grandma. grandma is either so emotionally distant she might as well be the wall, or a chicken unable to defend her loved ones, or more interested in writing a story than healing her family. she says they’re hillbillies who take care of their own. jeez, hillbillies write this well? doin’ a good job, grandma. this smells totally fraudulent to me.
one of the best reporters for a major daily was exposed as a fraud a few years ago. I think it was the NYT. even his editors bought his stories. this blog just vibrates b-s, to me.
“80 replies tells me the interchange is giving her energy.”
Not responding to comments in your own diary entry at dkos is considered to be a bad practice. So the number is not off base. I read some of the comments, I find them consistent.
“the fact that money’s been offered, and ostensibly turned down — for now — underscores the lack of authenticity, for me. ”
Daily Kos raises a lot of funds, not just for political races but for charity and other causes identified by a member in a diary; it could be a homeless person or someone you know who is without a health insurance. They also raise funds for a member in desperate financial needs. But having spend some time at dkos you would know that money needs to be raised in the community to those who ‘really’ need it badly.
“one of the best reporters for a major daily was exposed as a fraud a few years ago. ”
Of course there is a notable difference here though; there was a financial reward(,fame) in there.
I am with Ed on this. I believe the story is true. Just not the fact that she is there watching it live. Its a way of telling story from what she learned and having known the family.
I wish we were angels, and could see into the future. I’d make a wager on this. You and Ed have had your heart-strings plucked.
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