08/19/08 152 W - + 11 - 11 Bloggers, Bans, and Other Consequences

Firegeezer and Dave Statter are reporting on a Roanoke firefighting blog that's been banned from city computers. 'Geezer describes the site as a "city-wide coffee table where all things RFD are discussed" [such as] "recent fires, recreational activities, members’ welfare and scuttlebutt." Some days ago, FossilMedic on Firegeezer blogged about a blogger and a bombing blog. Specifically, the cautionary tale featured a volunteer firefighter, his personal expression on the Internet, and the collision course he appeared to be on, with his fire department. If you've seen the site, you know how it ends. Two stories, two blogs. It's a great thing, the freedom to speak our minds. But the people listening are people. They have feelings. They respond and react. They make decisions and take actions. And, at times, against the speaker(s). What's your take on free speech, and consequences therein?

(I just got back from the airport, so I’ll wax poetic with my own profundities later. Need time to think on this one.)
Legeros - 08/19/08 - 19:49

I’m going to respond to this without even reading the story…...

Blogs are great for us Emergency personnel to vent and give our opinions. The problem is “certain” blogs are being censored. If John Q Taxpayer can’t handle what opinions are, then that’s a whole new problem. They respond and react to our blogs. Okay, they call 911. We respond and react to their emergency, without question. But on the flip side of that coin, the thread starters are asking for it. For example, when you put a photo of a “pink commercial structure” on a FIREFIGHTER’S blog, comments will fly. No offense Mike. You do a fantastic job with this site but C’mon man!

My take on free speech….

Those of you who know me know that I speak freely. There are consequences for some things that you say, trust me on that one.
Beach (Email) - 08/19/08 - 20:41

On the subject of censorship and blogs— do not confuse with discussion boards, a governed or moderated collective versus the personality-driven platform of a blog— some blogs censor comments, and some don’t. (They presumably censor themselves, as well. Retracting, rewriting, or deleting things they think about and deciding to pull a posting. It’s done here. Maybe it should be done with the pink posting.) Why do I delete comments, or close threads? Almost always because they are stirring or stand the potential to stir too much trouble among readers. That is, the community of responders reading. Learned that lesson when the blog was young. Snowballs get too big.
Legeros - 08/19/08 - 21:15

On the subject of censorship, the Watch Desk allows a considerably wider range of comments. But that forum’s never really taken off. Some even think, I believe, that Yours Truly moderates/controls the Watch Desk RDU forum. Not true. No affiliation whatsoever.
Legeros - 08/19/08 - 22:46

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