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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Explore New England blogger steals text from Seven Days

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2006 at 9:40 AM

Anybody know Matt Mahoney? His bio on the Explore New England Vermont blog says he's a Burlington resident who works as a banker. Well, he's also a plagairist.

I was just reading through some of the sites on my blogroll, and clicked on his. His latest post, from March 9, is about the Peking Acrobats show at the Flynn:

Peking Acrobats

France has its mimes, and Italy its Harlequin shows, but China'spedestrian art relies more on muscles than make-up. Its 2000-year-oldstreet-performance tradition is rooted in acrobatics, a genre woventhroughout the country's art and culture. This week, the PekingAcrobats return to Burlington's Flynn Theatre with a theatricalshowcase of wire walking, trick cycling and precision gymnastics.Dressed in elaborate costumes, the elite co-ed touring troupe stretchesthe limits of physical possibility, with T'ai Chi-style control. Seebodies balance in complicated symmetrical formations, perch perilouslyon a ceiling-high stack of chairs, flourish fans, or simultaneouslyspin ceramic plates on thin bamboo rods. A live orchestra featuringtraditional Chinese instruments accompanies the jaw-dropping action.

Friday, March 10, Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20-32. Info, 863-5966.

Look familiar to anyone? If so, that's because this was a calendar spotlight in last week's Seven Days, written by our calendar writer, Meghan Dewald. Mahoney lifted it verbatim from our newspaper and didn't bother to cite us or link to us or mention that it's not his work.

I might not make such a big deal out of it, except that Mahoney is blogging for Explore New England, which, according to his blog, is "a joint adventure from The Boston Globe and Boston.com."

In other words, a correspondent for a news organization run by the Boston Globe just stole material from Seven Days and passed it off as his own. What the hell?

UPDATE: I told Meghan about this, and she took a look at the guy's blog. Turns out this is not the only spotlight he's stolen. On the main page alone, he's posted our spotlights for Moulin Rouge, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Men at Work tap dancing troupe, and the Bird's Eye viewing. So what else has he been stealing? This is outrageous!


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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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