Scandal at the Lynx! A revised blog creates a stir within the festival.
March 19, 2009
My judging of the Dubai Lynx was not without controversy. With the festival over, I would now like to open a dialogue about the matter. I’d like your opinion…
I’d first reported (on Adfreak) about fairly dismal advertising entered into the TV category. Within hours, the festival asked me to tone down the blog for fear of queering the event. While my “reportage” was accurate, I willingly agreed to do so. After all, the Dubai Lynx is only a few years old and, upon further consideration, I agreed that my harsh review could do more harm than good.
You should know the jury ended up awarding several medals in TV, which were deserved. While it’s true the jury was disappointed by its first impression, the following day we had a healthy discussion and made adjustments.
Unfortunately, the RSS feed stayed the same and the discrepancy between the two posts was picked up by various press and bloggers. Have a look at one such blog and tell me what you think. Were they wrong to ask me to “remove or tone down” the story? And was I cowardly or brave to do it?