A Crack in the Machine?
Yeah, I know, it’s silly and not a little suspicious that such a thing would become a news story at all. Still…
Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey has apparently been making some revisionist history — digitally removing a one-time political ally turned foe from all images on his Web site.
The photos remain, but the space where former City Councilman Randall A. Jackvony once stood has been replaced by rainbow-colored pixels.
Call it the case of the missing politician.
Laffey, who is running for U.S. Senate, denies responsibility for Jackvony’s disappearance, suggesting that “hackers and perhaps even space invaders or extraterrestrials” altered the photos.
“What can you say? It’s so ludicrous it’s funny,” Jackvony said. “A mature adult would just remove pictures from their Web site.
“It gives you the sort of mindset of his whole campaign — which is, there’s one way to do things and people that may disagree with him are not treated in a respectful manner,” Jackvony added. “I would question if the people of Rhode Island want that type of person representing them in the United States Senate.” …
A third photo of Jackvony, his wife, his sister and her three children at a campaign event, is completely blurred out. The caption reads: “Many families were out in force for the big day.” …
“Please Note: Like many things in life image files can become corrupt over time,” the disclaimer reads. “Several files from our original archive that depicted people and events from the 2002 Mayoral campaign may have become corrupt or damaged. Hackers and perhaps even space invaders or extraterrestrials may also have gotten past our rigid security firewall and tampered with some files.”
Perhaps one could make the case that politics, particularly Rhode Island politics, need some “regular guy” lightening up. When it comes to the interpersonal and marketing sides of campaigning, a quasiparody could be an effective and, moreover, meaningful strategy.
But there’s just something creepy — menacing — in the image of a campaign aid’s taking the time to blur out the wife and children of an erstwhile political ally. Even abducting aliens don’t go back for the families.