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Friday, May 19, 2006

Albany Eye Survey.

Here at Upstream, we believe we have ascertained the identity of Albany Eye and have conclusive proof of that identity. However, we are not going to divulge the information for two reasons. One, Albany Eye has been good to us, and it would be unethical on our part to divulge such information. Secondly, we enjoy Albany Eye's posts and want to see his blog remain on the net.

We have never done a survey before, so here is our first. The question is "What would you do if you knew the identity of Albany Eye?"

You can only answer the survey once. The survey will close after we get 50 responses or one week from today, whichever comes first. Results of the poll will be published when it closes.

Click here to take survey


  • While it would satisfy intriquing minds, in the whole scheme of things who cares? Why does anyone need to know?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 AM  

  • Intriquing (sic) minds (beautiful minds?)might be too preoccupied with the whole scheme of things to care. On the other hand, most of us have inquiring minds. Curiosity is just part of human nature.

    In the whole scheme of things, blogging about the Capital District Media doesn't even matter, much less who is doing the blogging.

    In the whole scheme of things, what matters are the age old philosophical questions-where did we come from, why are we here, and where are we going?

    In the whole scheme of things, suicide might be the only question, as either Camus or Sartre said (I can't remember which at the moment).

    But in the lesser scheme of things, the question raised by Mark Mcguire of the T-U and brought up by Albany Eye himself in his blog is: Is it ethical for a member of the media to blog anonymously about the media?

    That presupposes of course that Albany Eye is a member of the media. I am not saying he is, but Mcguire did speculate about it.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 2:30 PM  

  • It is not unethical for an anonymous blogger to report on Capital Region media, but it is certainly unethical for the TU to attach its name to the arena. And considering that the paper's circulation is dwindling, it's unwise financially to invest $3.5 million in naming rights.

    By Anonymous valleygadfly, at 9:39 PM  

  • You are right about the T-U, and you are right that it's not unethical for an anonymous blogger to blog about the media. The question was is it ethical for a member of the media to blog about the media anonymously and without making it crystal clear that he is a member of the media?

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 2:46 AM  

  • I think it's fine - if newspapers and other media can used unnamed sources in their stories, it's good for the gander, so to speak. BTW, thanks for the blog - I enjoy it very much.

    By Anonymous valleygadfly, at 9:24 PM  

  • suddenly the only thing on the eye is tongue in cheek recipes for salad and fajitas involving/named after a horse. what gives?

    its true that the albany eye has a narrow (unflinching) gaze, and i for one appreciate an effort to widen it, but why obliterate the past by removing the archives?

    By Anonymous yorkstaters, at 2:44 PM  

  • While it's been fun speculating on who the hell Eye is, it's also fun not knowing who the hell Eye is.

    That said, who is more qualified to blog about the media than someone who is in the media?
    Only someone in the know can know what's interesting to write about and offer the insight required to make us feel we are in on an inside joke.
    Further, if Eye's identity were known, he/she couldn't possibly be candid without jeopardizing his/her employment. The blog would simply dry up for lack of material.

    To your point, Dan, I believe that one of the few ways Albany Eye's ruminations may be deemed unethical is if, say, he/she is a suit at one of the television affiliates (in other words, has a more than casual interest in his/her employer's performance) and uses the forum to take cheap shots at the competition.
    I don't sense that is the case. If it were, I think a pattern would have emerged that would, by now, have betrayed Eye's credibility.

    In the absence of such a scenario, I regard Albany Eye as an articulate (except when he/she can't get its/it's straight)observer of the local media world who is in a position to capably recognize and comment on its ironies and inconsistencies. I, for one, enjoy the blog all the more for knowing I'm getting material that can only issue from anonymity.

    Meanwhile, let's speculate on Albany Eye's latest. Did the Eye blink? Is it crazed with worry that you may be in a position to reveal its identity? Is this why the archives and all recent entries have been expunged?

    Further, what can Eye be thinking by posting those callous references to poor Barbaro's unfortunate accident. Far worse than "tongue-in-cheek," as yorkstaters characterized them, the horsemeat recipes offered up in Eye's latest posting are downright cruel and thoughtless and totally out of character from whoever it is Eye was.

    It'll be interesting to see what develops from here.

    Psst...tell me who Eye is.

    By Anonymous Lake George Guy, at 4:16 AM  

  • Lake George Guy makes some great observations here--well thought out. I have no desire to, nor will I ever, reveal who Albany Eye is!!!

    By the way, I just watched The Horse Whisperer this weekend for the first time. Talk about picking the right video to watch over the weekend. And it's a great movie.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 8:50 AM  

  • Lake George Guy:

    I know the difference between "its" and "it's" ---I'm just hopelessly sloppy.

    By Blogger Albany Eye, at 6:13 PM  

  • "Hopelessly sloppy," Albany Eye?
    Tsk, tsk, tsk.
    Rather bad form for an aspiring media maven, wouldn't you say?

    By Anonymous Lake George Guy, at 1:26 AM  

  • Thanks for your comment on my comment, Dan, but, seriously, instead of a giving us a movie review, tell us what you make of Eye's:
    1. decision to enlarge the scope of the blog?
    2. deleting archives and recent posts?
    3. hibernating, it seems, until next week?
    4. uncharacteristic flaunt of poor taste regarding Barbaro?

    Since nothing happens for no reason, do you think Eye's (respectively):
    1. under some pressure?
    2. covering his ass?
    3. laying low 'till whatever blows over?
    4. diverting attention/flipped its lid/setting-up an insanity defense?

    Look, absent having a friend or relative in the business, the Eye must function as such providing a regular dose of media gossip.

    (Those of us who are addicted to media gossip know who we are. Them that would prefer to ponder the larger scheme of things may be excused.)

    Dan, I'm concerned there may be something going on here that may have compromised Eye's ability to deliver. What do you think?

    You're as much a fan of the Albany Eye Blog as I am.
    I laid out my thoughts on the ethical issue, and more. It's your turn....

    By Anonymous Lake George Guy, at 3:14 AM  

  • Answers to your questions.

    1. This solves the ethical concerns that people have had.

    2. Your second number 2 answers this one.

    3.All good bloggers need some down time.

    4. I don't know.

    All I can say is my post, Albany Eye Survey, is partly responsible for this. I am not entirely pleased with myself because of this, but I am not going to delete the post. When my survey is complete, and I have posted the results, the subject will be closed.

    To my knowledge, no one has put any pressure on Albany Eye to change things. I certainly haven't.

    I look forward to bigger and better things from Albany Eye.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 7:12 AM  

  • The answers in my previous post are guesses only. You would have to ask Albany Eye for authoritative responses.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 7:14 AM  

  • Again to "Lake George Guy":

    1. I've written much more tasteless things. You act like I posted instructions for cooking human flesh. Those are real recipes (with the names changed) from the Montreal supermarket chain, Metro.

    2. Albany Eye is just a stupid blog that I started as a way to amuse myself. Don't take it so seriously. I don't.

    3. Stop spending so much time stewing about Albany Eye. Any moment you're thinking about Albany Eye could be better spent.

    4. See number 2.

    By Blogger Albany Eye, at 7:27 AM  

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