Commentary on WW's Censorship
8/30/2009 8:31 AM
The WW's ground rules for the community pages promise "this is now your community" but quickly add that "vulgar or obscene language will not be tolerated in our community."
So, WW, which way do you want it?
"Tsk! Tsk! Now ladies, let's not use foul language!" One can almost see the long, bony finger-wagging as they decide what words we can and cannot type.
To get around this foolishness, we write "p00p" and "sh*t" as if we are pre-schoolers whispering dirty words out on the back porch.
The interactivity--its essence--of social media is informal and unpredictable. The trade-off is the ability to listen, to learn, to reach out in different directions, and, ultimately, connect in ways we never have before.
WW will need to reconsider their decision to diagram the boundaries of acceptable interactions if they want to live up to the promise that this is our community.