“Ned Kelly : Death of a Legend” Blog has now been on-line for just over 7 months, having started in May 2014. It started slowly, with only 426 visits in June, but interest in the Blog has increased every month, and quite quickly, so December was the busiest, with over 2700 visits, over 700 more than November, and nearly 60 comments. I had made a dozen Posts before someone finally decided to contribute a Comment , but more recently there have been many comments on every Post, and some interesting debates conducted via the Comments pages. I hope they will continue, and become an important part of this site in 2015. To date there have been over 9800 visitors and 175 comments, and the fanatics who wrecked my earlier Forums and boasted they would do the same to this one have been outsmarted. While the Forums and Facebook Pages dedicated to Kelly fanaticism have been limping along, and looking terminal in terms of reader participation, “Ned Kelly : Death of a Legend” has been going from strength to strength.
I owe at least some thanks for our survival to Blogger, who have a more mature policy than do the hosts of Proboards and Forumjar regarding losers who fabricate claims of copyright infringement and manufactured “offense” as a tactic to have arguments they cant refute removed from the internet. This cowardly behavior, abetted by gutless administrators at those places, wrecked my first few attempts at providing a space for alternative Kelly discussions to take place on the Internet. Fortunately this same tactic has not been successful with Blogger, though numerous attempts were made early on, as well as what proved to be empty threats of more to come. If you look at the Blog Posts in June one is listed as “Unavailable”. I could delete that notice altogether, placed there by Blogger but I have left it so anyone who wants can click on the link provided to Chilling Effects.org and read the pathetic complaint that was made about this Blog, a complaint that illustrates that its author has no idea about what constitutes copyright – anything at all that is in the “Public domain” can be quoted or commented on, subject to “fair use” and various other qualifications. Comment is not an infringement of copyright, or defamatory just because you don’t like it.
The following is a summary of the Posts, and Links to most of what has been discussed on the Blog in 2014; Clicking will take you to the Post:
Kelly Websites :
- Iron Icon Bill Denhelds amazing site
- 11 Mile Creek Sharon and Brians site I described as almost perfect
- Ned Kelly Forum has potential but paralysed by paranoia
- Ironoutlaw vast, extremely “pro kelly” and at times nasty but can be usefully informative, now dying.
- Ned Kelly on You Tube A Debate about Ned with Derryn Hinch, the Human Headline.
- The Kelly Hunters by Frank Clune Published 1954. 3 stars.
- Ned Kelly Under the Microscope Edited by Craig Cormick, the very latest Kelly book, published 2014, really interesting research and forensic findings about Ned. 4 stars.
- Ned Kelly: Australian Son by Max Brown; Syrupy over-the-top hero worship beloved of Kelly fanatics. 2 stars.
- The Jerilderie Letter (6 parts) My own Line by line analysis. Brillliant!
- The Kelly Gang Unmasked by Ian MacFarlane : a MUST READ! Excellent modern exhaustive research, a long overdue book, hated with a passion by Kelly fanatics who refuse to read it. 5 stars with strawberries and cream on top.
Kelly Myths and Misconceptions
- The “Body straps” question And a great discussion afterwards
- Robin Hood This central myth about Kelly gets dismantled
- Good man/bad man and here too: A false dichotomy
- Helping the Poor Another myth about Ned Kelly exploded
- Kelly Propaganda (4 parts) Exposes their tricky writing techniques as they spin the whole story from start to finish
- Glenrowan The confronting truth about what was planned, that Kelly sympathisers don’t like to talk about
Kelly Sympathiser Behaviour
- Religious fanaticism I point out the similarities between the behaviour and attitudes of some Kelly sympathisers and Religious fanatics
- Dee is not Ian Kelly fanatics mad and mistaken obsession with my identity
- “Neducation” Their made up word for made up Kelly history
- Stepping into the Kelly world My first experiences
- Fake debate Pretending nobody can decide if Ned was good or bad, as a way of preventing the Myth from being buried for good
- Fanatics in retreat Pointing out their deletions from Facebook and Web pages to cover their tracks when found out making stuff up
- Reflections on the crown jewels Neds juvenile behaviour that he bragged about even as an adult
- The Making of Ned Kelly and here and here too. A start on trying to understand better the influences that produced Ned Kelly
- Self defence I propose Neds case ought to have been successful, because the “self defence” argument should be based on what he BELIEVED to be true, not on whether or not what he believed was ACTUALLY true ( and it wasn’t )
- Psychopath Discussion of the controversial but well supported opinion of a Forensic Psychiatrist, who shows Ned Kellys behaviour fits the pattern of a Psychopath.
- Liar Modern writers conceal their knowledge that Ned Kelly was a notorious liar.
Note that at top left of the Home page is a search engine that will search the blog for Posts that contain any words you care to enter.
I have heaps of ideas for Posts next year, and am looking forward to continuing the debate, and uncovering and learning more about the history of Ned Kelly and the Kelly story. I am exploring the “Forum” option again, as I think the Blog format is not particularly conducive to open and free flowing debate, and I am also vaguely wondering about a Book at some time in the future, as suggested in a number of comments.
All in all, after some false starts and disappointments, 2014 has been a good year for the rollback of myths and for the uncovering of the truth about Ned Kelly. Long may it continue.
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