I guess someone, somewhere writes a blog that displays his personal flaws, including his arrogance and stupidity:
The tension between Serin and his so-called haters has led to an unlikely situation: the very people who loathe him the most also rely on him for a daily source of entertainment.
The concept is sometimes called “irritainment,” defined as: “Entertainment and media spectacles that are both annoying and compulsively watchable.”
[CNET News, 14.5.2007]
This phenomenon should be well known to anyone who has surfed the Internet for more than a couple of hours at a time. It runs counter to a prediction of Internet media analysts in the 1990s, who feared that the Internet would tend to create insular virtual communities of boring, like-minded parrots. On the contrary, a lot of Internet traffic is driven by people seeking out alternative opinions, sometimes specifically to argue with them.
I’m in favor of that, although in moderation. Some homeschoolers, however, don’t really get that whole “libertarian” aspect of the Internet, as Dana describes.
You see, a Christian homeschool blog volunteered to host a “carnival” that accepts posts from a wide variety of bloggers, but when one of the posts came from a blogger who elsewhere didn’t follow the carnival host’s rules of propriety, their innocuous carnival post got excised. Because, of course, the Christian witness is all about how to use imputed authority over a public forum to extort proper non-forum behavior from unbelievers—NOT.
I’m afraid I’m with the secularists on this one: It shows an attitude that is contrary to principles of minimalist management, which in the public sphere is called conservatism or libertarianism, and leads to public policies which, among other things, allow one to homeschool without direct state supervision. On the other hand, it is not “censorship,” it’s just nosy; and secular homeschoolers who despise opinionated religious homeschoolers should get over their self-righteous whining.