Friday, July 20, 2007
Apparently, "censorship" is in the eyes of the beholder.
Well, it appears that Blogging Tory Joanne (True Blue) knows how to deal with those gosh-darned dissenting opinions:
In other news, remember that I'm the one who can't handle criticism.
AFTERTHOUGHTS: Apparently, I misread commenter "rabbit," so let me clarify what I think of bloggy censorship. I do, in fact, believe that blog owners are capable of committing "censorship."
Of course, we all agree that a blog owner can do anything they want with their blog; that's not up for debate. What's up for debate is what is fair and acceptable behaviour.
If someone (as I do) starts to delete comments and ban commenters because they start acting like total dicks and filling my comments section with meaningless, off-topic crap, I think that's perfectly reasonable behaviour, and it in no way constitutes "censorship." You act like an asshole, I show you the door.
On the other hand, if you start deleting comments simply because you disagree with their content, that's where I draw the line in terms of acceptable behaviour. And it's particularly egregious when you publicly advertise that you have a public forum where any and all can have their say, then quietly start whacking out comments for no reason other than you can't handle the criticism; in my book, that's "censorship."
It doesn't matter if it's your blog. If you offer people a chance to comment on what you write, and they put in the time and effort to do that and respond to the issues, and you then throw it away, that's censorship.
And that's my theory, which is mine.