Re: From the moderator: My decision about Joe Dees

From: Douglas Brooker (
Date: Mon 22 Dec 2003 - 19:39:18 GMT

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    Othman Mohamed wrote:

    > There is something about censorship that gives me the creep and I just
    > don't like it. Althought the moderator has come up with some solution to
    > keep Joe around, I still consider that a censorship and I don't think it is
    > really needed.

    it's not usenet. it's a moderated academic list, with an academic purpose that should be respected.

    I don't agree that the decision represents censorship. The posts in question will be available. they are metaphorically being put at the top of the magazine rack wrapped in plastic.

    > In fact we could look to what Joe was doing as a perfect case in which
    > memes are caught in action. It provides a perfect example of how a certain
    > meme(s) can control someone's mind and make him actively go out and try to
    > spread those memes by trying, using all possible means, to infect as many
    > other minds as possible. Of course it is all for the benefit of those memes
    > and Joe's mind is just a tool they are using to propagate themselves.

    I follow usenet groups for this: soc.culture.usa, soc.culture.israel, soc.culture.palestine, alt.politics.british, uk.politics.misc, and uk.current-events.terrorism - are good sources of data.

    Expect something else from this list: its academic purpose presupposes a certain professional distance from the "field".

    The moderator decided, it's a good decision. other decisions may have been acceptable, but alternatives would have been better put forward before the decision was made, as was requested.

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