Abravanel, the Blog

Jewish life and not only in Greece / Εβραϊκή ζωή και όχι μόνο στην Ελλάδα

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New policy on trolling in this blog

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 21/07/2008


No trolls!

My latest post here was a proposition: naming a station of the new subway of Thessaloniki as «Old Jewish Cemetery» or «Εβραικά Μνήματα». Both Athinaios in Αθηναίου Βορβορυγμοί and Panos in Η Καλύβα Ψηλά στο Βουνό also wrote about it and there was an interesting discussion in the latter. An interesting discussion began here too but soon it degenerated. Why? Because many small-minded bigots and jew-haters plummeted here and began trolling on – what a surprise! – the Israel-Palestine-Arab countries conflict. The academic level of their arguments was centered around jews/israelis (terms used inter-exchangeably) being behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11 etc etc. On the other hand at Καλύβα none of this happened and the discussion was a fruitful one; all of this made me wandering what went wrong here and what is the position I should keep, especially given the recent talk in the greek blogsphere on self regulation.

First things first. A blog is not a forum; it is not an independent, neutral platform on which people meet and talk. Above all it is a private soap box, a stand, where the blog author/s say their story. Commenting allows interacting and often leads to discussions which are more meaningful than the post itself. But a mistake people make is that they think they have a moral or legal right to say whatever they want and get away with it. First the legal right is limited: by posting or commenting in an Automattic blog (the company behind WordPress.com) we all agree to the Terms of Service (TOS). Among them is the prohibition of posting or commenting that can be found inciting religious and ethnic hatred, plus avoid libel. This latter one is especially important for me, since all the recent legal prosecutions of greek bloggers were based on this accusation.

The moral right is bit trickier. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Posted in me myself and I | Με ετικέτα: , , , | 15 Σχόλια »

Blog Freedom threatened in Greece

Posted by Abravanel, the Blog στο 11/03/2008

Greek Government in it’s infinite wisdom still doesn’t get how the Internet actually works and gives me the opportunity to differ somewhat from the usual stuff I write about.

Recently a greek political blog by a known journalist was accused of being used as a means to blackmail known politicians and entrepreneurs. I have no idea on the veridicity of the accusations but given the rotten nature of the press system in Greece I have no reason to doubt, (or believe them). The Greek Government though, alarmed by the growing popularity of blogs, decided to take a stance against the whole phenomenon and has drawn the blueprint for a new law governing the functioning of the blogs.

Roughly it says that all informative blogs should loose their anonymity and post the name of their owner; plus other stuff like facilitating the police to track down bloggers etc. Anyway here’s a Press Release, (in greek), which I sign and expresses my personal views on the matter via yorgos.

Another interesting post on the subject with a better summary by j95. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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