Sunday, December 23, 2007

It was edited

I should have copied my secret before mailing it. Surprisingly, it actually did end up on the PostSecret site for this week, but the bottom of the card was cut off. I think it was deliberately edited by Frank, the guy that runs the site, even though there was no reason to. The card was slightly smaller than the 4 x 6 it mentions postcards should be, so it wasn't too large or anything. Cutting off the bottom portion completely changed my secret and the message I was trying to convey with it. Changed it from a message of despair to one of hope.

Makes me wonder now...just how many other "secrets" have been edited prior to being posted on the site or in his books. How cruel to give people an avenue in which to reveal things about themselves that they probably haven't shared before, only to erase the intended meaning. I feel really invalidated right now. If my secret wasn't good enough to be posted in its original form, he should have thrown it away or put it in a box or whatever the hell he does with all the secrets he gets that he doesn't have the room to put on his site.


As Sans pointed out in the comments, there is a legal disclaimer on the site that says:

By submitting information to PostSecret, you grant PostSecret a perpetual, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and otherwise exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to that information at its sole discretion, including storing it on PostSecret servers and incorporating it in other works in any media now known or later developed including without limitation published books. If you do not wish to grant PostSecret these rights, it is suggested that you do not submit information to this website. PostSecret
reserves the right to select, edit and arrange submissions, and to remove information from the PostSecret website at any time at its sole discretion. No image from this site may be used for any purpose without expressed written authorization, with one exception; you may post one image as a link to this site.

I was aware of this when I mailed my postcard. However, given the purpose behind the site and the range of "secrets" that get posted (including pornographic, violent and other types of things that many people would find offensive and/or disturbing), I figured "editing" and "modifying" meant the card would be reduced if it was too large or illegible things would be made legible. Never imagined it meant completely altering a secret, and I'm sure most people that read that disclaimer never consider that would happen either.

There is now a PostSecret community (aka bulletin board) where people are able to leave comments about the secrets posted, the link is at the bottom of the page. I left my own comment about how my secret wasn't posted in its entirety and what was said in the bottom portion that was cut off.

Anyone that reads my blog can probably figure out which postcard is mine, its really a no-brainer, and what I wrote wouldn't really be a secret to any of my readers either. I sent it in because I felt there are probably a whole lot of parents out there that could relate to it. I hadn't seen a similar postcard and wanted to give voice to my thoughts in a larger forum than just this silly blog so others could realize they aren't alone. I read her note every day, several times a day, hoping it will make a difference...but it never does.

Here's the card and if you click on will link you to the bulletin board where the comments are being left.

I have sent a message asking why it was altered. Maybe it was a scanning error or something. Seems rather odd that it so neatly cuts off at the bottom, literally just before the area where the rest of the message would have started, and there is no edge there like on the other three sides. We'll see if I get any kind of reply back.


Blogger therapydoc said...

This is really horrible. You're totally right. He shouldn't have messed with your secret. We should expose him. (Is it a him?)

6:47 AM, December 26, 2007  
Blogger Dawn said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

8:55 AM, December 26, 2007  
Blogger Dawn said...

WTF??? Sorry your postcard got edited, Sid. That's just wrong.

8:56 AM, December 26, 2007  
Blogger sansanity said...

First, before the fire runs any hotter,

i would drop Frank a note asking why the "editorial" decision was made.

MAYBE it was simply a mistake. I use an automated photoshop script to prepare images for the web at work and possibly it just goofed on yours. If he is asking it to conform to a ratio and it is just starting at the upper right corner, then it follows that the bottom would have gotten chopped off.

at any rate, if it was a true editorial decision (which I do not support) you could post a comment on the site directing people who would like to see the original unedited version to another blog where you (as another you if you don't want to have people dropping by here) post it or simply request it be removed.

1:38 AM, December 27, 2007  
Blogger sansanity said...

ok first stupid me to suggest posting it to a second site since the first thing you said was that you didn't copy it first. but you could copy the digital full size image and print it and recreate it the best you could.

second, buried on a second site is the legal notice which does say that they have the right to edit, etc. your postcards...

scroll down to legal disclaimer

but I for one am rather hurt that it is done. i'm sending you an email on the subject asking for your permission to pen an email to postsecret because it had me tossing and turning all night regardless of which way the error was done.

luv ya for your strength chica, strength to fight, strength to speak the darkness mnay of us dare not even acknowledge exists.

6:29 AM, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Janes Insane said...

That is absolutely 100% bullshit. I agree w/everything you said. I had no idea they were allowed to edit postcards. I won't be visiting their site anymore.

4:51 PM, December 27, 2007  
Blogger Marie said...

Take comfort that you daughter loves you! YOU are her hero! The rest will work itself out in the long run!

11:32 PM, December 28, 2007  

Post a Comment

<< Home