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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

PraiseBeHisName@Yahoo.com?

Much has been made recently of Google's collaboration with the Chinese to limit the scope of the powerful internet search engine within mainland China. Republicans got all up in arms about it, finding the issue perfectly suited to their red-bashing tastes. That's all well and fine, but you can't shake hands with the devil and then pretend he ain't your friend.

So let me move on to a less remarked upon instance of corporate cowardice -- the case of Yahoo banning the use of ``allah'' in email names, even if those sensitive five letters are buried within another name.

I've spoken briefly of the Allah cartoon flap, and i decided that i'm not sure how i stand on the actual publication of the offensive cartoons. Yes, i know, very brave of me.

But the point is it ain't easy...it's particularly hard because the impetus to run some of these cartoons seems to have been merely the urge to offend a key demographic. Just run porn if offending people gives you your jollies, people.

But this seems to test the limits of tolerance, from the other end. CHB was once accused of religious insensitivity for using the word ``pigskin'' when speaking to religious Jews. The context was straight forward: a football game. But you'd think that innocent ol' CHB had actually force-fed these people pork rinds or something.

I'm offended every day -- twice last Thursday, when i had the misfortune of coming face to face with John Ashcroft on two separate occassions. It was not an entirely pleasant experience. But such is life. We try to make lemonade out of lemons, not molotov cocktails.

2 Comments:

Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

CHB, dude, you guys gotta pick up the pace. I know a certain two-person blog that's posted 16 times since you posted this one.

3/01/2006 5:01 AM  
Blogger cornhuskerblogger said...

CMON.

3/02/2006 10:40 AM  

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