After looking deeply into his heart, your humble content provider finds little sympathy for an ex-radio reporter and private blogger from Alaska by the name of Eileen Goode.
Goode, the erstwhile news director for KDLG, a small NPR outlet based in Dillingham, Alaska, quit her job July 27 after scores of enraged Dillingham residents besieged her station manager with complaints about certain remarks she made in her virtually unreadable blog.
Like many young, middle-class urban migrants to the Arctic, Goode appears to have been genuinely shocked by what she found: orgiastic boozing, incest, drug abuse — if you live in Nunavut, you know what I’m talking about.
Here’s a sample remark:
“What did the 10 year old Alaskan girl say after she was done having sex? Hey Grandpa, can you pass me a cigarette?”
Believe me, such nuggets are not easy to find. Her posts, great eye-glazing sheets of redundant verbiage, display no apparent knowledge of paragraphing, proofreading, grammar, spelling, or structure.
She just wasn’t very good at doing what she wanted to do, which is why I don’t feel sorry for her. Sarcasm is a useful tool. Shocking, offensive rhetoric can sometimes serve a great moral purpose.
But if you want to get away with it, you better know what you’re talking about and you better be good at it. She wasn’t.