Has Mike Daisey Disappeared From the Internet? Nope, Just a Flicker

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Update (10 p.m. EDT): Daisey's blog and Twitter account are back up, so clearly whatever caused the disruption was temporary. No word on what that was.

Original: Just when people were starting to be nice to him again, Mike Daisey has apparently started eradicating his online presence, including his eponymous blog and his Twitter account. That, or else someone else is doing it for him. Star Wars Modern blogger John Powers noticed the disappearance on Tuesday evening (and we picked it up in turn from Felix Salmon), following Powers' own lengthy write-up defending Daisey for doing good work, gospel truth or not.

It's odd timing for Daisey to be disappear. Whatever you think of his decisions leading up to the This American Life retraction, he deserves at least some credit for facing the storm, going on TAL, answering questions, and reworking his show accordingly. He hasn't shirked so far, so why go away now? The last thing Daisey posted on his blog, via Google's Cached version, is an excerpt from a favorable review of his show on Blurt, a blog from Vermont indie weekly Seven Days. It's almost as if a pro-Daisey backlash to the backlash has started. Seems an odd time to jump ship, which is why we're wondering if he was hacked. We've reached out to Daisey to ask what's going on, and will certainly update when and if we hear from him.

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