On the off chance that you don't already read Don Mills Diva, you'll need to pop on over to her place for some background on why I'm writing this. Follow the links--there are three, but they are important to this post.
The short story (because I know some of you won't follow the links--there's always a rule breaker in every crowd!) is that a passage from Don Mills Diva was lifted and reprinted in an article in a reputable magazine, Times On-Line. It was done in such a way as to make it look as though Kelly herself had been interviewed for the article.
I know--low, right?
Journalism is in a state of flux right now, being reinvented as we type. It's a brave new world and journalists are (rightfully) worried about their place in it and how they will make a living from their craft. I can imagine that many of them are a little resentful of those that put fingers to keyboard, many without any formal training, and usurp a piece of the shrinking advertising pie. (Present company excluded on the whole money-making thing).
Plus, many of us are just Mommy Bloggers. Maybe that cutesy term frees some journalists from feeling that we need to be treated with respect. Maybe cutting corners and lifting someone else's words with permission or attribution serves some purpose (behind laziness and lack of ethics), though I can't imagine what that purpose would be. Whatever the motivation, I have to agree that what the Times reporter did was unethical and unfair. I'm joining Don Mills Diva in sending a message--to that reporter, that magazine and the world at large. Respect the Blog. Please.