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And people never learn

Posted in Internet on July 4th, 2008

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 So really, what did BoingBoing expect when they ‘unpublished’ Violet Blue’s contributions.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 Violet Blue’s ‘unpublished’ posts on BoingBoing.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.”

The beauty of the Internet

Posted in Internet on June 5th, 2008

Google just change their favIcon, which has the effect of causing the little icon that shows up in firefox tabs to change. It used to be the distinctive uppercase G surrounded by a box. It is now the lowercase ‘g’ from the middle of their logo without a box. For someone like me that often has forty or more tabs open, the tab icon is the only thing I can usually see and I use it to pick out what I want quickly. Thankfully, I am not the only person so afflicted. This being the internet, there was already a community of pissed off people and someone has already create a Greasemonkey script to fix the problem. This is why the internet is amazing.