To me, it indicates that I’m on the right track. I’ve managed to bring attention to something otherwise overlooked at the time that matters somehow now. Or maybe I just hit a nerve.
For example, in my post Apologies to Carroll Bryant I make the following statement, linking to the model he pretended to be and then “his own friend’s blog” where he did an interview and posted several pictures of himself.
However, now the posts with information about Bryant (including that picture) are missing from that blog.
It seems that Bryant’s made good use of the last five days since my open letter to him by cleaning up his blogs (including “his friend Ira’s” blog) and starting a revenge blog The Looking Glass Of Carroll Bryant, as seen in this current pdf.
It’s a pretty easy bet that there’s a lot out there that Bryant wanted removed from public view. Considering his latest flip attack accusing Goodreads of endorsing and enabling pedophelia (here’s the STGRB post but here’s a current pdf copy for everyone who doesn’t want their IP clocked) it just boggles the mind how much damage control he’s actually had to do.
But there’s a
not so small problem with damage control methods like this – they don’t work.
Once you’ve released something into the public domain, it’s there forever. I promise you, someone has screen shots. They may have it in Portable Document Format. Or maybe they saved it as a webpage. If not, there are ways of seeing now-defunct pages via “snapshots” taken of the internet to archive it. In short, this kind of damage control only works if you’re very, very lucky and you’re probably not going to get lucky when you try to play this game.
The best way to do damage control is to make sure you never have to do it. Just don’t put it out there in the first place. From the moment you make it public it’s not private anymore and it will come back to bite you, usually at the most inconvenient times.
The moral of this story? Be careful what you do because you own it, whether you own up to it or not.