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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

Blogging for dollars.....I got an advance copy of former Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace’s book, “One Nation, Under Blog, Forget the Facts....Believe What I Say!” It is all about the internet and how it’s used and misused for many things, and is largely unregulated. Wallace offers a guideline for bloggers, a code of conduct.

Wallace says he thought about writing the book as a result of serving as mayor of Sugar Land. During his tenure, many anonymous things were written about him on the internet, many completely false and never corrected. “They are still out there,” he says.

I remember calling Wallace myself a couple of years ago and telling him about his Wikipedia entry and all its untruths. He was already aware and told me then he was working on a book about bloggers. Wallace says he found that free speech, especially used by bloggers, “can be abused, misused, and manipulated.”

In the preface to the book, Wallace says he was initially discouraged about the future use of communication technology. “Harsh negative blogs written about me without basis in fact and later proven to be untrue damaged my reputation, hindered my effectiveness temporarily, and briefly tempered my enthusiasm for public service.”

There was a time when David Wallace wanted to run for Congressional District 22, Tom DeLay’s old district and held now by Nick Lampson. It’s my belief that if Wallace had been the standard bearer for the Republican party, he would have won that election and the Republicans would not have lost the seat.

Shelley Sekula Gibbs nearly won the write-in, but she behaved so silly in the few weeks she served that she soon became known as “Silly Shelley.” Yep, David Wallace could have won that, but anonymous bloggers were so bitter at his election of mayor several years earlier, they ruined his and the Republican party’s chances of retaining that seat.

Most of the people in the party knew exactly who was spreading those rumors, lies and innuendoes but continued to let that sector of the party ruin the Republican party locally.

David is scheduled to go on a book tour with all its resulting “If this is Tuesday, this must be Denver” city-to-city appearances. “Get on Oprah,” I said and he told me his agent was working on it.

In the long run, Wallace will probably make a bundle of money on the book and will have the last laugh. Let ‘em blog on!

Me too.....I know how Wallace feels about the bloggers because I am probably the only columnist in Fort Bend who has a blog dedicated solely to criticizing me and the paper. It even takes shots at my staff now and then. It is silly and totally wrong about most things. And of course it is anonymous. I always tell people that I put my name on everything I write and I think people who don’t are silly, little children. What is so funny in the blog about me is the writer keeps harping on my lack of influence. I can’t understand why they writer can’t reveal his/her name since my obviously lack of influence makes it impossible for me to hurt him/her.

Other power.....I finally got my electricity back on Saturday afternoon. When you go without electricity for seven days, you wonder how our pioneering forebearers did it. I guess we are weak because we are used to the easy life. I know I am. My neighbors in Riverbend North have already cleaned up and hauled off the trees down in the esplanades. It gives one a sense of community when people do that.

 

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