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Unintended Consequences

I've got various bits and bobs to link to, but two of them just dovetailed beautifully. Sad to hear about the death of Oliver Postgate, and I wish I'd known before that he used his website to write political essays! How fabulous. I read the essay currently on the front of the site, The Law Of Unintended Consequences, a dialogue between the Devil and God, where the Devil takes God to task for the state of the world. An extract (re Bush and Iraq):

[The] underlying assumption being that people are only responsible for the things that they say they intended to happen as a result of what they did, and that if something different happens it’s just too bad. So he can say: “Although there do seem to be some problems there now, we did what seemed to be the right thing at the time, so what is happening now is not actually our fault.”

Then I read the IWF's statement about the Wikipedia affair, and how they've removed the block from that one page. There's an explanation of how it happened, but nothing about changing the way they work so that the same thing won't just happen again. Despite that, they say this:

IWF’s overriding objective is to minimise the availability of indecent images of children on the internet, however, on this occasion our efforts have had the opposite effect. We regret the unintended consequences for Wikipedia and its users.


I note that "we regret that X happened" is neither an apology or an acknowledgement of responsibility.


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