Posted by Amanda Chapel
Speaking of... here's another photo of me. For the record, it doesn't get any clearer.
Naked aside, to those caught up in the identity/transparency conundrum, I am a real person. Amanda Chapel is my name. My self is my property. My presentation is my choice. And my words and deeds are judged by those vain enough to think they know better; and silly enough to think they possess the power to restrain me.
See, to put all this in perspective, the young web mob is that vain regrettably. These evangelists of the "conversation," while touting "openness," have made trespass a virtue. They want to rob the weak of their choice. Their end is to assume another's property... with "pitchforks and torches" if need be. That's what mobs do.
Anyway, I/we frustrate that. That's why they grouse so. But that's also why we find it all so oddly flattering and terribly entertaining.
- Amanda #7
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Why don't I recognise this mob you speak of?
Point out to me this rabble with pitchforks and torches that would pierce the veil of your anonymity (or pseudonymity even) and I will leap to your defense.
What property of yours would this mob misappropriate? If you find your privacy or your property within it threatened, I'll be there to help you defend it.
I am a champion against restraint of the individual, and you cite others claiming the power to restrain you. Your freedom is important to me.
Some clarification is in order...
You come late to class. :)
With regard to the "mob" and property, I might suggest you start with: http://www.strumpette.com/archives/147-Exposing-The-Communist-Blogifesto.html .
For "pitchforks and torches," see the Jeff Jarvis interview on Beet.tv, "Wake up Corporate America, You're Being Watched" (http://www.beet.tv/2006/07/jeff_jarvis.html ). Also see "What's Wrong With Blogs" by Demir Barlas for Line56 (http://www.line56.com/articles/default.asp?ArticleID=7818 ).
As to restraint, I am presently censored from the blogs of Constantin Basturea, Kami Huyse, Shel Holtz, Debbie Weil, Aedhmar Hynes, Lee Hopkins (whoever the fuck he is), and as of this morning, Brian Oberkirch. They all claim that it is for reasons of pseudonymity. I cannot even begin to tell you how much we've been harassed. With regard to who's been particularly incessant and annoying, that'd have to be Mike Driehorst and Scott Baradell.
Anyway, thank you for the offer to be our champion. We're doing pretty well on our own but your support is most welcome and appreciated.
I see only intellectual warfare and no actual incursions upon your privacy or real threats against your liberty. All violence appears to be figurative, all restraint illusory.
Censorship is not individuals refusing your contributions to their conversation, but being denied your freedom to hold your own. That people may be petty is their right, as it is yours.
There are fundamental criticisms one can level against human nature, but I suspect any remedy requires a change in DNA, not the tools we use.
Perhaps the Internet has exchanged the ascendancy of the producer for that of the 'consumer' in placing a superior communication tool in the hands of the latter, the keyboards of the masses. Things change. As long as the lines in the sand are respected (commercial secrecy, individual privacy) then any power inequality will just have to be adapted to.
The mob must nevertheless respect the iron pallisades of industry. After all, it is a symbiotic relationship.
Just a switch of boot from foot to foot.
Instead of milking consumers, corporations now find themselves husbanded by the Borg.
No boundaries have been violated, nor property trespassed, roles are simply reversing.
It's so refreshing. Don't you think?
"It's so refreshing. Don't you think?"
I do not think trespass is refreshing. I do not think Jeff Jarvis threatening to bring a 6-million person pitchfork-and-torch-bearing mob to storm Castle Dell is refreshing. I do not think that people demanding that corporations cede control of their property refreshing. Actually, I am not very entertained by being harassed either.
Crosbie, this populism they profess is not a good thing, per se. This rise of the proletariat, the tyranny of the literal-minded mass, is scary.
7even mob placating ideas:
Recruit net trespassing militia. 2nd amendment and I'm in.
Rent a virtual counter revolution mob - The net is full of people who have way too much time to kill.
Ignore the mob they're easily distracted. Attention deficit disorder has it's upside.
Join second life and become an agent provocateur
Wear Agent Provocateur
Put iPanties on pitchforks
Send weapons to Lebanon. The mob collectively stirs tumescently on that gig.
As an aside, shouldn't Shel Holtz be interrogated by the office of homeland security for publicly misrepresenting himself with a caricature on his blog that suggests a razor sharp intellect underscored with an avuncular disposition while sporting an excessively manicured beard that carbon dating might verify as being more representative than the the hair colouring. But I'm just guessing I"m useless at this kind of thing, but others can have a crack at it yourself. Hey after all, Shel has, Bless him!
Stay on course Amanda Chapel, your identity isn't the real issue here. It's the ideas, theories, engagement and level of debate that has rattled the corporate cock sucking comfort zone. The implications are much wider than Pubic Relations and that's a good thing; it's healthy.