OK, the followup article from Ryerson Online gives some backstory:
Computer science instructor Ilkka Kokkarinen has shut down his controversial blog, formally apologized to the Women’s Centre and RyePride, and personally thanked The Ryersonian for “opening my eyes.”
The day after The Ryersonian exposed what were called sexist and homophobic remarks made by Kokkarinen on his blog, Sixteen Volts, he pulled the plug.
It sounds like they’re pretty proud of themselves over there at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, considering their own struggles with censorship. This article reflects poorly on the Ryerson University School of Journalism, as it suggests that a primary function of journalists is to restrict the variety of opinions in the public sphere, in favor of majority and establishment viewpoints. So I’ll backtrack a little and say that there was a little politicking going on.
However, if we accept Ilkka’s protestations to his fandumentalist* readers at face value, then we still have to resist the temptation to turn this event into the catalyst for worldwide revolution against the Liberal Monsters.
Taking all the evidence into account, the most rational conclusions are that, at least for some people,
- Politics is not the most important thing in the world
- Real individuals like to get along with their local meatspace society
- Blogging is self-indulgent, and in a pinch, it’s the first thing to go
* “What it comes down to is I think fandumentalists labor under a lack of recognition of economic reality, an inappropriate sense of ownership, and a weird sense of entitlement.” (Dave’s Long Box)