Real quick, what’s the best way in the Internet age to get people to pay attention to something? Easy, try and prevent them from looking on it. So really, what did BoingBoing expect when they ‘unpublished’ Violet Blue’s contributions. So now what is everyone talking about and reading? Violet Blue’s ‘unpublished’ posts on BoingBoing. So when BoingBoing says
Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her. It’s our blog and so we made an editorial decision, like we do every single day.
it is hard to believe that people who are often at the center of the fight to spread information about the web to route around censorship could be so dumb. I mean granted that is usually Cory and not Xeni, but come on, you have to have absorbed something. The only thing that this incident resulted in was Violet Blue getting lots of sympathetic attention and BoingBoing being made to look hypocritical. Whether this is censorship (not really) or just a fit of piquant house cleaning doesn’t really matter to the perception. If you’re going to fight for the forces of good, then you don’t do shit like this.
And the vague smear campaign Xeni now running against Violet is just kinda pathetic. Could you sound any more Paris Hilton? “She knows what she did.”