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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
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Monday, October 17, 2005
James vs. Jackson
Those of you who frequent the right kind of blogs will have noticed a person calling themselves Rev. James Jackson.

At first his comments were entirely gainsaying - the sort of determined and contrary spirit one might find in someone who is strongly opinionated against some particular thing - certainly such a posture is not uncommon in the blogosphere. But in time, it seemed that every such comment made was equally contrary - that is, unless he was gainsaying something, he wouldn't bother commenting.

It wasn't too long before that well known heraldric motif - "argent, a crown sable" was suddenly inverted: "sable, a grown argent!"

I didn't catch it at first. But as it turns out - this was not our beloved Rev. James Jackson. I would have missed it entirely had the genuine "rev." not pointed it out.

To be sure, my first hint was the inverted icon, but then I noticed that the name was also inverted (Rev. Jackson James instead of James Jackson).

But there was more - the commentary was all wrong - this new, "improved" reverand was not contrary, but all his or her posts were in fact harmonious - instead of disagreeing about everything, he or she seemed most agreeable.

I do confess, the "real" Rev. James Jackson is, in my opinion, most likely a fictional persona intended as a parody of a particular genre of posters. All signs point to this (poor spelling, poor photoshop skills). Which is why (I assume) someone decided to create a secondary Rev. - this time a Rev. Jackson James (white crown, black background). The "other" reverend even created a parody blog mirroring the original - except more or less opposite in every respect.

Apparently this sort of satirical scrutiny was not appreciated by the original "Rev." - who wants to bring the false "Rev." to justice for "identity theft." The counterfeit "Rev." doesn't seem too concerned.

I can't help but be reminded of the bizarro superman - remember he was strengthened by the red sun or something like that?

I would link one way or the other, but I don't want to get involved other than commenting from the sidelines. Is the Rev. genuine?
posted by Daniel @ 2:55 PM  
10 Comments:
  • At 4:48 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Rev. James Jackson said…

    That is an accurate account. Dan. But come on give me a link. I gotta keep this jougernaught of a blog moving upward.

     
  • At 5:25 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Frank Martens said…

    blah

     
  • At 6:12 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    Rev - I am hopelessly stingy with my links. I think your site is currently too controversial for me. Perhaps some day - stay with it.

    Frank - well said old man, well said.

     
  • At 8:14 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Dan said…

    Yeah, I missed the switcheroo at first as well. I agree that it's simply dry satire, but I have gotten enough of a kick of his site that I added a link for my own convenience. I completely understand those who don't. :-)

    I hate to blow his cover or make accusations, but I believe the two characters to be the same person, and I'm waiting for the gray crowned compromiser Rev. Jackson James Jackson to appear. Regardless, the sad statement of his site is despite how outlandish his posts have been, his readers can see a church in this country acting that way. In spite of his increasing absurdity, new readers take a while to get suspicious.

     
  • At 8:23 PM, October 17, 2005, Blogger Dan said…

    BTW, you have permission to delete my last comment if you think it gives too much away and kills the fun. ;-)

     
  • At 12:01 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Michael said…

    Rev, if it makes you feel any better I would give you and your alter egos links on my blog if I updated it enough to generate readership. When I start doing so I'll link to you. :)

     
  • At 8:36 AM, October 18, 2005, Blogger dumbutdeep said…

    Nice blog, and interesting comments about the Rev. I too, wonder where it will all end.
    You mentioned Superman/Bizarro. My son a has a blog and often uses him/them as a reference point as well. You many enjoy his musings at culturezoo.

     
  • At 12:07 PM, October 18, 2005, Blogger Rev. James Jackson said…

    thanks fish taco. I am thinking about starting a "fundie links" permalink portion to my blog. I will be sure to give you props there.

     
  • At 9:08 AM, October 19, 2005, Blogger Just Kurios said…

    I think that's just plain funny, creating an alter-ego of another blogger.

     
  • At 9:14 AM, October 19, 2005, Blogger Daniel said…

    I also think it is funny. :-D

     
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