“Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is.”
I have a vested interest in the truth. As a book blogger, I guess you could say that I’m a member of this new media press. I believe one of the fundamentals of the press historically is disseminating the truth. From Watergate to the Pentagon Papers to the Weiner pictures, the truth will come out.
And frankly, I think it’s time the truth has come out about the infamous Teisha Little.
I know I’m going to take flack from the people who say if you just ignore it, it will go away. I don’t believe that at all. I don’t believe in sticking my head in the sand. I don’t believe in standing idly by while my friends are being called plagiarists with no evidence. I don’t believe in standing by when the parenting skills of my friends are being criticized. I don’t believe in standing by when someone uses gay slurs. As a bystander, I see it as my responsibility to speak out in the face of evil.
I’m not sure how many of you have ever been picked on or bullied in your life, but I’m sure you know how much it hurts when someone calls you names. It absolutely has a real effect. We also know that cyberbullying has a legitimate effect on a person. I’m doing this because someone who I would consider to be a good friend, who I’ve met a few times, was slandered by ‘Teisha Little.’ Who stated ‘it wasn’t until recently that a f****t brought to my attention the fact that that white-ass pasty-ass wrinkly-ass saggy piece of shit’. Sorry, but that crosses the line. It’s not only hurtful to the person in question, but also hurtful to GLBTQ people, as it uses a gay slur. That doesn’t sit right with me at all.
So I did some investigation.
You see, while the internet can be full of depravity, it can also be full of wonderful tools.
My first tool? Tineye.
Tineye is image recognition software. Upload or post an image link to tineye and it will scan the internet for matches. I didn’t want to jump to conclusions or make any accusations until I had proof that Teisha isn’t a real person. I give you exhibit A:
This is the blogger profile picture as found here: http://www.blogger.com/profile/01127689467396323934
A quick search on Tineye yielded these matches:
So, we can conclude from this evidence that the blogger avatar photo is not real. Moving further down this path of evidence, I also have proof that the twitter avatar image is not Teisha but a youtuber named Tracy Tina.
The next step in this process was uncovering the identity of ‘Teisha’. With the help of Pam, this happened. We found Teisha’s commenting IP address, as Teisha had left various comments on Pam’s blog. We then compared the IP address to that of other commenters on Pam’s blog. There were results.
The IP address matched that of a very well known blogger, who later admitted to posting the Teisha comments on Pam’s blog as well as to posting the Teisha comment on Alex’s review of Rage.
I have photographic evidence of this.
You’ve seen the evidence. I’m not naming names on this post, yet I need to say this whole situation disheartens me. It bothers me when someone I would consider to be ‘cool’ would spew such hatred about other members of the blogging community.
How as a community are we supposed to react when one of our own is being defamed? With technology today, it’s pretty easy to trace an anonymous source with the right tools. It’s not acceptable in my eyes to treat people this way. I really don’t think we should stand for this sort of thing as community members. Yet, that begs the question, how do we handle this respectfully? How do you respectfully call someone out when you have cold hard evidence?
I don’t have all the answers, but maybe you have some thoughts.