Whose Rogue Behaviour?
[It's weird when you discover you're 'supposed' to be Cambodian monk when you are not. What would you do? This is what I did...]
To the Editor in Chief,
On page 83 of the article “The Travelling Monk” of the February 08 issue of Rogue by T. Bernardo (http://issuu.com/migmari/docs/roguefeb08), there was mention of my name and use of my words published online on 28 June 2005 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/zeph/message/683 as linked from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheDailyEnlightenment/message/489 in the Links section titled “Kids! To Have or Not?”) Please note that -
1. I am neither a monk nor a Cambodian.
2. I was never interviewed for the article.
3. Permission was never given for use of my words.
Please look into this matter of plagiarism and defamation. I await your response before taking any further action. The least that can be done is to print an apology in the next issue, and send that issue to me, along with the problematic issue in question. Please take the above off the net too.
Amituofo, Shen Shi’an
20 May, 2008
[As there was no response to the above, it was resent on May 27, 2008 with the below.]
Is the blatant ignoring of the below not “rogue” behavior? All I’m asking for is a public apology in your mag for open plagiarism and defamation. Is my suggestion not reasonable? Maybe this email monologue should be published online for the world to decide. Whether this will be done depends on your response in the next 3 days.
[Below is the reply on 1 June, 2008]
Hi, my name is Miguel Mari, i’m the design director and one of the owners of Rogue Magazine. I’m truly sorry that a response has not been sent to you yet. Our EIC is out of the country and i’m not sure if he has been receiving his emails regularly, nonetheless, we have assigned our features editor to reply to your email. He has been trying to get in touch with the author of the article to find out what happened in this situation before responding to your complaint. I would like to tell you personally that I find it unfortunate that the facts in the article were not correct and we did not intentionally ignore the complaint, we should have acknowledged receipt of the email and gotten back to you with a plan of action afterwards, again, my apologies for that. We will have a response from our editorial team to you by tomorrow with a course of action. Please feel free to email me personally to this address if you have any other concerns and i will make sure to pass the information along to our editorial department quickly. I hope this doesn’t cause too much of an inconvenience.
mmari [at] roguemag [dot] net
[On 15 Dec 2008, I sent 'I await your action' to Rogue, but to date, there is none. Hence this post, after which the link will be sent to Rogue. The writer had apologised, but the requested action above is still not taken. I gave enough chances and waited long enough - right? The least I can do is clear my name online since there is misrepresentation online. I can't think of any other way to let netizens not think I'm a Cambodian monk.]