Comments on this blogPosted: June 14, 2009
A few days ago, there were several comments, 3 to be exact, that were posted on this blog, under this post HERE. Scroll down to find them under the handles vesewe, miya, and coolooc.
When I read these comments, I was left considerably shaken. I do not agree with the type of language used, nor do I appreciate the kind of vulgarity being so generously used on one particular ethnicity.
However, I decided to allow those comments in the end, because I had not explicitly noted on this blog that certain comments would be censored.
Now, I was prepared to actually ‘let them off the hook’, so to speak. Somehow I think that it’s inevitable that we have certain characters who are adamant about remaining small-minded, and refuse to engage in meaningful dialogue and debate. So I was actually willing to ‘give some space’ to these characters, with hopes that this kind of thinking will die a natural death.
But when I found out that coolooc’s comment on this blog was an exact replica of one that was left on THIS blog, I realised that what I had initially (perhaps also rather naively) believed to be a genuine (albeit irrational) outburst is actually not as simple as it seems. I am not one to indulge in conspiracy theories, but perhaps there really ARE people who are just out to spread ill-will and hatred.
With this, I think I am going to put my foot down, and say that from here on, comments that are aimed or targeted at insulting ANY group of people will be deleted from its existence on this blog.
Comments that run counter to my own opinions and views have always been welcome, and I still welcome such comments with an open mind.
Postscript #1: I have grouped the three different comments from my previous post because they were posted within minutes of each other, and with the same IP address.
Postscript #2: Perhaps this posting reveals my naivete when it comes to dealing with the ‘big bad world’, but that’s me. I’ll learn as I go. 🙂
Postscript #3: If there is any feedback regarding my decision to filter incoming comments, whether you think it is a good or bad decision, please do leave me a comment. It is much appreciated.