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I read the news today

Gloom.

Kurt Vonnegut has died, as most of my friends list has already mentioned. I must read his books. I read Slaughterhouse 5 when, I think, I was slightly too young for it, so I didn't enjoy it all that much and have never got round to going back for more.

Bomb inside the Iraqi Parliament, in the cafe, kills two MPs. Freedom and democracy, going so well. Oh yes.

Doctor Who hasn't been nominated for any Baftas, though at least that means everybody realises that Series 1 was better than Series 2. Well, mostly everybody. (OK, it's been nominated for best editing and best visual effects, but they're in the Craft Baftas, not the main ones.) And QI has been nominated for best entertainment programme, yay!

Another article about the Bloggers Code of Conduct on The Guardian's Comment Is Free, which supports it while admitting that CiF is highly successful and up for a Webby while allowing anonymous commenting (I think) and only being moderated enough to remove hate speech. Comment thread is probably good too, and the original post manages to be randomly sexist, which amuses me. Apparently only men are going to be tough enough to deal with people being nasty to them in comments, and women will run away and hide if USuk of Mongolia tells them they're talking crap, or something.

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sovietkiki
Apr. 12th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
John Simm has been nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actor, and Life on Mars itself for Best Drama, or some such news.
pickwick
Apr. 12th, 2007 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yep, I saw that. Which is good! It comes out on DVD soon, doesn't it? I hardly saw any of this series cos, er, I haven't seen all last series yet.
londonkds
Apr. 12th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Are you aware of the specific series of incidents that brought about this latest "blogging code" thing? You've been known to post images of yourself occasionally, how would you feel if someone took one of them, photoshopped it to make it look as if you were being graphically and realistically strangled, and posted it anonymously on a message board. And then sent death threats to your home? Because that is the initiating incident here not just "you suck".
pickwick
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm well aware of it. I only post photos friendslocked, which anonymous people can't see, for a start.

But someone in real life could actually strangle me, and yet I don't get everyone I meet to sign a contract saying they'll be civil to me and not abuse me. I trust that people generally are OK, and if something bad happens, I deal with it. I also take the measures I feel are appropriate to make something bad happening less likely, but the crucial point is that *I* get to choose what risks to take. To a degree, anyway.
pickwick
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
..Plus, I'm not sure how the Code of Conduct would have stopped this. Somebody who would do something like that would surely not have been dissuaded by someone saying "Please play nice".
londonkds
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
It's more a case of "There are degrees of this sort of thing, and if gross verbal abuse of people is tolerated and siometimes applauded, then some people will move on to even nastier stuff thinking the silent majority supports them". A lot of what's being suggested in that actual code strikes me as a really bad idea (anonymity is necessary in many cases) but when you have very well-known political bloggers suffering no disadvantage as a result of sending hordes of abusive scum to disrupt other people's sites, or posting people's real-world contact information so death threats can be made at them, the tone needs to be raised.
pickwick
Apr. 13th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, it's horrible, and I do think Something Should Be Done, if possible. Just...not this, I suppose, though I don't have any suggestions myself.
dermfitz
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
"Bomb inside the Iraqi Parliament, in the cafe, kills two MPs. Freedom and democracy, going so well. Oh yes."

?! This sounds horribly cynical!
pickwick
Apr. 12th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Heh, I should probably have said "in Iraq", I'm quite in favour of freedom and democracy in general.

(Also - me, cynical? Noooo...)
redatt
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that there was such a thing as the Guardian's Comment Is Free ... what a diverting afternoon. Some people!
pickwick
Apr. 13th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, you can get lost on it quite easily. I tend to avoid the Israel/ Palestine threads, though, they're a bit scary...
redatt
Apr. 13th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
I've been enjoying 'The God question', if only because Inayat Bunglawala quoted a particularly amusing statement of Richard Dawkins's:

Alister McGrath has now published two books with my name in the title. If I seem "grumpy", could it be because a professor of theology is building a career riding on my back? It is tempting to quote Yeats ("Was there ever dog that praised his fleas?") and leave it at that.

Heeeee!
redatt
Apr. 12th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Kathy Sierra here and here, for those as are interested.
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