Tuesday, September 27, 2005

To Flag or not to Flag

So here I was, minding my own business, “bloging” around (I am not sure the verb has been approved by the Academy of English Language), which in my case means surfing randomly by clicking the “next blog” button you can find on the top-right side of the blogs (don’t look at mine, I got rid of it and I will tell you why in a moment).

When I realized that I‘ve been surfing the blogs and posting my own for a good while and never stop to think about what that other button called “Flag” means. So I rollover it and read “Notify Blogger about objectionable content”. So far so good. Ey, I am the first one who agrees that finding porn has become too easy too fast, and don’t forget the infamous “spam”. Then just for the sake of getting more information I click on the link that says “what does this mean?.” There, is when things started going sour.

Acording to Blogger, “the Flag button is not censorship and it cannot be manipulated by angry mobs.”
In the moment I see the word “censorship” anywhere I have goose bumps, either that or it is always chilly when I see it (coincidence may be this capricious).

Then the explanations continues saying: The "Flag?" button allows the blogging community to easily note questionable content, which in turn helps us take action when needed. So we're relying on you, the users, to be our eyes on the web, and to let us know of potential issues that are important to you.”

WOW, WOW, WOW, I yelled to myself (since the kids were still sleeping). Blogger may relay on people to decide what content is “objectionable” , good for them, but I am not that naïve, starting because I would not leave myself to be the judge of what content may be acceptable or not.

It is not that my blog has any political vindication, any party affiliation or any content that can refer to delicate issues, I mean, I am just posting photos of my kids and some other rants about nothing, but could I feel the beginning of control over the internet?. And who says somebody is not going to find my daily movies about “How I wake up” questionable content. They may disagree with some of my comments, they may not like my accent or my hair cut and “FLAG” there you go, freedom of speech went down the toilet.

I am pretty sure it won’t be my case (among other things because I don’t have much hair) but still I don’t like it. I mean, one of the things I like about this country is/was the freedom of speech.

So I started doing some search about the topic to see if somebody had noticed before me or this would be another proof more of my newly born paranoia. And “voila”, I found a bunch of links, info and blogs that have been discussing this issue. And since I am not the kind of guy to start debates and bring massive amounts of data about the subject, I decided to give you few of them:





Read them if you want and get your own conclusions and please do not “Flag” my blog.

Note: I found a way to get rid of the top bar with the “Flag” button, but it got rid of the “Next Blog” button… boy I am screwed, how am I going to keep surfing?


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