"When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more."
John Adams 1735-1826, Second President of the USA
Seems Mr. Adams was correct. And still waiting...
I got a bone to pick:
First off, thanks to all you folks who allow unmoderated commenting on your blogs. I kinda semi- understand the occasional need for an author's comment approval/moderation in certain instances, but I linked to a site earlier wherein the blogger asks for advice/opinion whatever. So's I proceed to the comment section, spend a fe.. no, WASTED a few minutes typing one up-- only to be told commenting is a 'members only' thing.
Then WTF ask, on a blog that anyone in the world can access, "what would you do ..."? If you're only writing for a few sets of eyes, why not use email?
Least the person could have done is forewarn before the comment is typed up.
I've only run across something similar once before; tried to jump to the person's blog from their profile only to be told the blog itself was for a select few.
Again, why this medium? I love privacy; agree wholeheartedly every human has a right to as much as they want, but there's bound to be other ways to share your secrets with only the three other sheeple who agree with you. The INTERNET sure don't seem the best choice!
And what about all these comments from Anonymous? I tell ya, s/he sure gets around, and seems to be a pretty pessimistic critter...
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
Speak on, folks.
Le Moniteur de la Mode, January 1853
4 hours ago