I didn’t know much about the guy when I began posting on his entry that came to be know as the ACE thread. So, I decided to read some of what he previously written on HP. All seemed to be the standard “assignment” work one can expect working in any information media outlet (is that even a real thing?) but his article on Haiti showed the passion of a seasoned pro. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-clark-estes/haiti-relief-workers-blog_b_508848.html The black frame glasses, the name, his profession it’s no wonder that I came to view him as Superman’s secret identity Clark Kent. Adam probably is not faster than a speeding bullet or not able to leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but through his writings, yes he has done more than just what is on HP, he (like any journalist) probably can or will do a lot of good for people. The fictional character Clark Kent was often brought down to his knees by Kryptonite his one weakness. I think “WE” became ACE’S Kryptonite.
The idea behind the ACE thread (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-clark-estes/huffpost-community-moderator_b_740009.html) was to help Huffington Post evolve into a web 2.0 Publication and I think that “WE” the Huffpo Community rose to the challenge for the most part. Initially, we share with a passion that I find unique to HPers. While we may not agree always with the Admin decisions we want the place to flourish, and be a place where hopefully we can express ourselves with freedom and civility.
In the Superman Saga, Lex Luthor is an egocentric, sociopathic, madman set on conquering the world. Unfortunately, the blogosphere is chuck-full of Lex Luthor wannabes that come and set root on a website with the intent of taking it over. Well, HP has its own version of Lex Luthor but he is generally an attention seeking loser that in the end is of no great consequence. His insane followers are the force that needs to be dealt with, they have taken over the ACE thread and turned it into an interactive gossip rag devoid of its original intent. Their position has been that it should remain open in order to have a centralized headquarters’ where they can snare the gullible into their clique and spread their venom.The lure they use is a place for those who have been posting, can come and have a social experience. Huffington Post I believe is not afraid to follow social trends and to expand itself beyond what a traditional news media conglomerates like the New York Times deem risqué. Traditional media have always been hesitant to loosen the moderating reigns to its readership and provide a section where people can interact with one another without being subjected to any particular topic. I would love such a page on Huffington Post.
Huffington Post I believe is not afraid to follow social trends and to expand itself beyond what a traditional news media conglomerates like the New York Times deem risqué. Traditional media has always been hesitant to loosening the moderating reigns to its readership and provide a section where people can interact with one another without being subjected to any particular topic. I would love such a page on Huffington Post.
Having a place that people come to know one another and share ideas or trivialities fosters a community feel that will only enhance the user experience and increase traffic to the site. But as we have seen it’s important to keep the human component in mind, this is the very thing that got out of control causing irreparable damage to friendships and upsetting the balance on HP.
I’m glad the ACE thread was closed for commenting for many reasons, notably is the fact that as Adam’s last contribution to HP I feel was hijacked. This it was an insult to him personally and I hope it didn’t mar his reputation. For my part in the conflict, I can only offer him my deepest apologies and best wishes. I hope that HP staff realizes that we do want a social page, but it needs to be moderated and have real repercussions to all Lex Luthor in the works. Perhaps they should have an article asking HPers suggestions to make this possible…….Oh, wait here we go again!
Bloggers can be kryptonite.