As you may remember, I have sort of a love/hate relationship with BoingBoing, that’s currently more on the “hate” end of the spectrum since they booted me off for saying negative things about the Muslim treatment of women in regards to the “beautiful cultural ritual” of forcing them to cover up. Anyway, there’s a funny conversation going on about Rob Cockerham’s Costco prank to see who’s got a bigger stick up their butt, the staff of BoingBoing or the forum commentors thereof. You may be surprised to hear that today it’s the commentors that seem to be winning.
Anyway, it’s been my observation that BoingBoing is far more guilty of disturbing Big Brother-esque editing and deleting comments in order to push their agenda, abusing their power (and the trust that the public still has for them, even if it declines daily) to manipulate perceived reality (which is ironic given their claimed plotics) — and that ignores the whole issue of “publicly shaming” those they disagree with by “disemvowelling” their posts — than the various organizations that they accuse of committing similar Internet Age sins. Holy glass houses! Anyway, as I pressed reload on this page to look at new comments, I was also watching comments appear and disappear as the moderators abused their power. This has happened too many times to mention, which is not just a sad comment on my Internet addiction, but also on Catholic-clergy-style falls from grace. Some day I really need to get around to writing a bot that monitors BoingBoing for this sort of thing and put together an animation of said abuse… it really would be quite a hilarious way of showing their betrayal of their readers.
Update: The entry ended up having its comment form removed, blocking further free conversation from happening, so in this case they decided to quash conversation completely.