“Expressing these kinds of opinion is becoming taboo, as Cardiff councillor John Dixon has found out. He’s up in front of the public service ombudsman for Wales for calling the Church of Scientology “stupid” on Twitter. Ever zealous in the defence of their good name (and can you imagine what would be said about them if they weren’t?), the Scientologists lodged a complaint against Dixon, accusing him of “bigotry”. It was taken further because, as the letters “Cllr” were part of his Twitter name, he was deemed to be commenting in his official capacity and thus breaching Cardiff council’s code of conduct on respecting people’s religious beliefs.”—If Britain decides to ban the burqa I might just start wearing one | Comment is free | The Observer
From tomorrow, the Sun Chronicle, a Massachusetts paper, will charge would-be commenters a nominal one-off fee of 99 cents. But it has to be paid by credit card, which means providing a real name and address.
And the name on the credit card will be the name that will appear on comments. So it’s goodbye to anonymity.
At the same time, the poster must acknowledge that he/she will abide by US state and federal law and agree to be legally responsible for any content he/she posts.
In the category of putting your money where your mouth is: I have no idea if people will be willing to pay to comment — if they’re reluctant to pay for online news why would they pay to comment on news? — but I’ll sure be watching this.
“I’d like to suggest that the next time you’re tempted to flame someone on an online forum, keep in mind that you’re not talking to a machine; your words will be read by other people, not all that different from you. We could all stand a little kindness. If we all work at taking responsibility for our words and realizing that our words can hurt others so we should choose them carefully maybe, just maybe, we can take back some of the Internet’s social forums.”—Have Online Communities become Havens for the Terminally Angry? | ITworld
“one thing that our culture hasn’t really figured out yet is how to celebrate a past life online. At some point soon we’ll start having an awful lot of dead people around. I’m very sure Google and other search engines will start to filter for deceased people search. It won’t be long at at until we have way more dead people online than live people online”—1000Memories: A Loved One Has Passed Away. What’s Your Digital Strategy? (via interestingsnippets)
“Turn on the television. We have a wedding channel on cable TV devoted to the behavior of people on the way to the altar. They spend billions of dollars, behave in the most appalling way, all in an effort to be princess for a day. You don’t have cable television? Put on network TV. We’re giving away husbands on a game show. You can watch The Bachelor, where thirty desperate women will compete to marry a 40-year-old man who has never been able to maintain a decent relationship in his life. That’s what we’ve done to marriage in America, where young women are socialized from the time they’re five years old to think of being nothing but a bride. They plan every day what they’ll wear, how they’ll look, the invitations, the whole bit, they don’t spend five minutes thinking about what it means to be a wife. People stand up there before god and man even in Senator Diaz’s church, they swear to love honor and obey, they don’t mean a word of it. So if there’s anything wrong with the sanctity of marriage in America, it comes from those of us who have the privilege and the right and have abused it for decades.”—Diane Savino, New York State Senator (via) (via vasta, gayformarriage)