Thin edge of the wedge or non-poker rant (again)

OK, I've written this about 4 times and everytime I get about halfway through I start foaming at the mouth and have to get up and walk around.

I'm pissed off. Again. (Still? I dunno anymore.)

I've just spent 3 days talking to my students about the freedom to say one's opinions without censorship or reprimand (I draw the line at idiocy and hate mongering), about how the www and blogging could be the last great bastion of free speech at a grassroots level.

And then in one day I have read three separate accounts of corporate management getting their knickers in a knot over someone's personal blog. It's resulted in one guy getting fired (FIRED! for speaking his mind about shit that had NOTHING to do with his employer!), and another taking his blog "off the air". I liked that blog too, dammit!

I'm stunned. Where did this line get crossed? When did it become acceptable for this kind of control to be wielded over one's personal expression? Was I away that day?

God dammit to hell.

More Stella Marrs postcard images can be found here. "But what if it's all bullshit?" is my fav.

5 Responses to “Thin edge of the wedge or non-poker rant (again)”

  1. # Blogger TenMile

    It began with one person choosing security over freedom.  

  2. # Blogger Derek McG

    Cool postcards.

    There used to be a time when a person's personal life was just that... personal. No more.  

  3. # Blogger Jules

    Seriously, I thought America was "home of the free". Whatever happened to the first amendment?

    I fear for any home of a just society when our small versions of screaming into the abyss are treated in this fashion.


  4. # Blogger Pokerwolf

    This sort of thing happens for the same reason people are put into "bad person" boxes by some people when they find out they're poker players.

    It's perception. It's also 100% political bullshit, which is why nobody at my work (aside from people who were my friends already) know about my blog.

    Sucks, but that's the way it is.  

  5. # Blogger Matt Silverthorn

    I think this mostly started with ea_spouse and her blog about her husband's horrible work conditions. It's caused a lot of problems (and rightly so) for EA because they were taking advantage of their employees. I bet a lot of other companies now worry about the same thing. Google ea_spouse to read more; it's interesting stuff.  

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