The Famous Five and The Missing Doofer

Forums finger doof deadbeats!!11!!! So says David Braithwaite of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Forums on doof community websites such as australiens.net and oztrance.com are buzzing with chatter about undesirable gatecrashers at the Good Friday, Amazing Sunday event.

Well I went to australiens.net thread (for the Alien in every Australian) and there were 17 posts. That is not a lot. I post that many in an hour on my fave communities. The last post was from the admin. On the oztrance site, I found a thread with 64 posts but it had started as a general complaint against “kandy ravers”, not in direct response to Daneeka being missing. Nope, no inside information here. The thread Daneeka Nixon has 4 posts – one of which is rich saying

i think considering many of the quotes from this sydney morning herald article were gathered from oztrance and australiens it signals the fact that we need to be aware the media is using this as a resource now….

Yep, kiddo, you got it in one. And they won’t be respectful nor paint a clear picture either.

Daneeka Nixon is part of their community and the loss (if it is) would be felt by all. My problem is with SMH and their headline. “Forums finger doof deadbeats” is sensationalist and well, just plain yucky. This is not an Agatha Christie/Miss Marple cozy thriller nor a Girl Detective/Reporter Nancy Drew story. Its a real life, a real girl, a real tragedy and deserves real respect. Implying the forums are a hotbed of information and full of knowledgeable friends and fellow doofers willing to gossip and spill all is in bad taste. Let this doof community grieve in peace. Fer Shame.

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6 thoughts on “The Famous Five and The Missing Doofer

  1. So now I know the meaning of doof and psytrance … but I really don’t understand the rest.

  2. The journalist went to a forum, read that a couple of “doofers” said that Daneeka’s disappearance “must’ve been those deadbeats that showed up to the party” and then he cited the gossip as a pseudo insider story.

    Using gossip from an almost empty online community forum to give a ‘scoop’ on a disappearance/presumed murder is like giving credibility to a girl’s virtue based on what’s written on the school toilet walls. Wishful thinking plays a greater part than real facts.

    My main issue is that journalists are starting to beef up credibility for flaky investigative reporting by citing what forum posters in online communities say as if they are experts. It’s a growing trend and no more worthy of journalistic ethics than claiming ‘everyone knows he done it’ or ‘word on the street is…”. From the school of ‘no smoke without a flame’ journalism, the musings of 2 or 3 forum posters lacks credibility and yet the journalist implies that these kids have real information.

    I’m concerned that as journalists become aware that online communities are privy to conspiracy theories, they will cite them as ‘experts’ to improve tabloid circulation. Ack, I’m probably still not clear. I think I’ll give up. 🙁

  3. i am Daneeka’s mother and something is serious wrong at the Lismore Police Station
    and two of the Senior Police Officer I have dealt with are in charge of the Simone Strobel case
    go check that one out

    2 25 year olds both identified by dental records by the same officers

    both officers have lied to me infront of my lawyers

    now my lawyer is stuffing me around

    something stinks bigtime

    i am fighting for my daughter, but who is fighting for i dont believe her boyfriend killed her , just go ask him

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