Comments on: Historiann presents an After-School Special: Young Goodman Wood http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:08:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: That’s gotta hurt! : Historiann : History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415977 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:15:28 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415977 [...] And now back to our regularly scheduled blog post for today, “Historiann’s After School Special:  Young Goodman Wood.” [...]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415932 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:52:30 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415932 Ugh. That annual “First Thanksgiving” ritual interview is a real turkey. Why do they need steamin’ hot quotes from us when they just write the same damned story over and over again?

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By: John S. http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415908 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 18:30:35 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415908 I had a minor experience with this earlier that taught me an important lesson: never say anything in an email–private or especially public–that you aren’t ready to see circulated around the whole world. Several years ago my campus newspaper was writing a story on the Birther question and whether or not our Celebrity Governor could ever become President. They wanted to know why the Framers put a clause about natural born citizens in the Constitution. So I gave them some historical context, got a sentence or two in the article, then that was it.

Or so I thought. I heard from a friend about a year later that he had seen me quoted in USA Today, in an article about Celebrity Governor’s Presidential prospects. The quote has then turned up in a published biography of my Gov. And as some of you may have heard, the Birther question has since become a political hot topic.

Since then I have had a very small but persistent fear that someone might dig up this old quote. It doesn’t say anything remotely controversial, but I don’t want my name anywhere close to any article with the words “Obama” and “Kenya” in it. It’s a small chance, I am sure; but would any of you have guessed that USA Today relies on the Daily Aggie for its research? If anything, my fairly unusual name makes it even worse. I have doppelgangers running funeral homes and selling real estate, but no one else who is a writer.

So now I am more careful, even when responding to inquiries from the student newspaper like “Where did Thanksgiving come from?” You never know!

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By: GayProf http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415810 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 17:07:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415810 There have been other “GayProfs” lurking about on the internet. Obviously, it’s hardly a unique name. Still, it’s not so good to find comments from a faux me.

So, according to after school specials, the British have molecular transporter technology? Which they then use to keep American schoolchildren safe? If they’re not busy being Death?

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By: identity, information literacy and professors as celebrities « info-fetishist http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415799 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 16:05:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415799 [...] someones thought so enough that they started forwarding emails based on that assumption.  Via Historiann, in today’s Inside Higher Ed, professor of history Tim Wood tells the story of how his name [...]

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By: Comrade PhysioProf http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415795 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:40:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415795 I am glad that my name is 100% unique.

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415793 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:34:21 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415793 I kinda liked “Mom’s on Strike” best. But why did I get a bottom-of-screen “Ads by Google” insert for the “Montgomery County School District” about thirty seconds into the trailer? A first for me. I guess they’re leveraging or dollarizing everything by this time, even my attention span.

The only other person I know of with my actual name works for an obscure Defense Department sub-agency, so hopefully that would keep me off of the pseudo-authorial lists. But you never know I suppose.

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By: James Stripes http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415792 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:34:11 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415792 Thanks for bringing this story to our attention. I read the story and followed the links. According to Snopes, the story appears to have originated with Pat Dollard’s blog. Dollard’s blog has a compelling design, and serves as part of a broader web presence that includes blogtalkradio. Some of the links on his blog serve advertisers that employ intrusive pop-ups that are able to navigate through my Maginot Line of internets protection.

The New York Times ran an article concerning Dollard’s Iraq War documentary project. This guy likes to push buttons (don’t most bloggers?), and seems proud of the confusion generated by TPS, the purported author sharing credit with several bona-fide historians that are not amused.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415789 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:50:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415789 Susan–I see what you mean. However, although the attribution wasn’t probably made out of malice, there could be consequences for Professor Wood’s career. (Who wants to be known as the net-famous author of an inflammatory essay one didn’t actually write?) But, I can imagine a case in which a rival launches an attack on another person this way. It’s the digital version of writing someone’s name and phone number on a bathroom wall and suggesting that ze specializes in certain sex acts.

It would have been nice if the person who first made the specific attribution to Wood had bothered to e-mail him first to verify that he’s the author–since ze clearly had his contact information!

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By: Susan http://www.historiann.com/2009/08/25/historiann-presents-an-after-school-special-young-goodman-wood/comment-page-1/#comment-415788 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 14:46:17 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=7026#comment-415788 Wow. I basically was televisionless throughout the 70s and 80s, so I missed all this.
What intrigues me about the Tim Wood story (aside from its definite spookiness) is the morphing of the essay attribution. It may well have been written by someone named “Tim Wood”. And then people tried to figure out *which* Tim Wood, and decided on this guy because he’s a professor. And so someone added the contact information. So on the one hand there is a real concern with WHO wrote it, and a kind of funny research. (Let’s google Tim Wood and see who comes up who might have written this.) It’s not as if the essay claimed to be written by Ermengard Weirdname. So I’m not sure it’s that his identity was stolen as much as highjacked. I think this is different, really, though I’m probably not being clear enough…

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