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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Is this the world we created?

Adding fire to the brimstone within my recent thoughts/comments on blogging and the internet: from yesterday's Toronto Sun...

AdScam leak on web

AN AMERICAN website has breached the publication ban protecting a Montreal ad exec's explosive and damning testimony at the AdScam inquiry. The U.S. blogger raised the ire of the Gomery commission this weekend by publishing extracts from testimony given in secret by Jean Brault last Thursday.


This newspaper report refers to an investigation on charges of high-level wrongdoing in Canada's Liberal Party by a commission that ordered news organizations not to reveal details from the proceedings, which are open to the public. But Ed Morrissey, a blogger from Minneapolis, has been violating the ban by posting detailed reports of the "Adscam" testimony. CNET has an excellent report about all this with links to pertinent sites and resources.

Here is the "rumour and speculation" about the alleged testimony in Captain Ed's Blog. The case itself is not so interesting, but the issues raised by this ban and the breach are spectacular.

Jane Taber reports on Captain Ed's blog (again) in this morning's edition of The Globe and Mail, showing why publication bans are a farce.

Blogger -- said...

I think that some Maltese bloggers should be banned as well. 

4:51 PM, April 05, 2005
Blogger wwwitchie said...

Banned? I thought you said you were all for free speech when you were complaining about not linking to your blog. The whole point of blogs is that they're the exercise of free speech at its most primordial. Of course the exercise of free speech should never validate the incitement to hatred or the crass and offensive. But that last one is debatable, so debatable in fact that some people may very well think your blog is crass and should be banned. I bet you would not like to see that happen. So next time be careful before you espouse censorship. It's the kind of argument which boomerangs very effectively. 

5:23 PM, April 06, 2005
Blogger Toni Sant said...

Twannie, your comment has drawn out an interesting response from wwwitchie. For this, I thank you. For your comment, I'm almost tempted to ban you. 

7:39 PM, April 06, 2005
Blogger wwwitchie said...

You can't ban him because you will prove him right *grin* Breathe deeply and repeat after me. I shall NOT succumb to the temptation. I shall NOT NOT succumb to the temptation :) Oops that was a double negative dammit. Stick to just the one negative. I shall NOT succumb to the temptation. 

10:34 PM, April 06, 2005
Blogger -- said...

Siehbi Toni -

I was being ironic, dammit.

Why doesn't anyone laugh when I crack a joke?! 

11:39 AM, April 07, 2005
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Twannie was referring to himself in his first entry above because wwwitchie banned him from her blog. I think he's doing a good job with his dictionary, although, obvisouly, the conservatives won't like it that much. 

11:46 AM, April 07, 2005
Blogger Toni Sant said...

It's great to share a joke about such a serious topic. At least this is better than no discussion at all. 

7:18 PM, April 07, 2005
Blogger wwwitchie said...

Hey, are you kidding me anon? I didn't ban him from my blog! X'affarijiet dawn ukoll. He can post on my blog as much as he likes. I just objected to his request that I put up a link to his blog (ie endorse it) which is totally different. 

7:41 PM, April 07, 2005
Blogger wwwitchie said...

Twannie, Re your original statement being a joke. A :-) might have helped. How the heck do you want us to tell what "tone" you're using? 

7:42 PM, April 07, 2005
Blogger -- said...

yes sharon, a smiley would have done. but do you really think there is room for a smiley with the face i have? :) 

7:07 PM, April 08, 2005

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