Tuesday, July 08, 2008

1, 2, 3... poof! You're Unpublished!

pictured: blogger Violet Blue

For all the damage to reputations the Internet can cause, perhaps the greater anxiety from online communication is the weightlessness of it all. The whole World Wide Web can seem like a hall of mirrors — nothing tangible, no binding, no watermarks, no notary public seals. Where, exactly, is it? How do we know any of it is true? - the New York Times

Rant all you want in a public park. A police officer generally won't eject you for your remarks alone, however unpopular or provocative. Say it through the Internet, and you'll find that free speech and other constitutional rights are anything but guaranteed.

Say it over the Net in Singapore, and you could be lashed or imprisoned or heavily broken in fines! The big brouhaha that erupted over the July 4th weekend concerning Singaporean pro blogger Wendy Cheng and her plastic surgerized nemesis Dawn Yang aka Dawn Yeo ended with Wendy (pictured to the right) the pro pulling down ALL posts on her XiaXue blog that related to Dawn Yang in any way, shape or form! Wendy gave her blogders notice in "1,2,3... poof" that XiaXue has deleted all "Dawn-related entires."

A flurry of intense and angry comments erupted on BoingBoing.net when it was discovered that the Web site had deleted all references to the blogger Violet Blue. Unpublishing a blog raises larger questions, says the New York Times. NYT columnist Noam Cohen asks "Was Boing Boing deceiving its loyal audience by silently deleting the material, even if no one noticed the absences until a year later? What does it even mean to deceive an audience when it comes to a catalog of one’s personal writings? And does popularity convey different responsibilities to the people who produce a Web site?"

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