Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The suffering, oh the suffering, of Rod Liddle
Apparently Rod Liddle has been censured by the PCC for saying something stupid about black people. He is suitably enraged at this infringement on his free speech.
Let us consider what has happened to him. No, he has not been imprisoned. No, he has not been fined. No, he has not been barred from working in the industry. No, he has not lost his job. No, the Spectator has not taken down the item in question.
What has happened to this man (and, note, could happen to any one of us - surely a prospect to chill the marrow) is that a committee of his peers have published a written report saying that his claims were offensive and unsubstantiated, and asked the Spectator to post this report on their website. Of course "asked" is a misnomer here - if the Spectator did not comply with the PCC's request, then they would be threatened with having their name removed from the list of organisations that have signed up to the Code of Practice.
Mark Ames once claimed that he kept a figurine of Martha Nussbaum pinned between two crosses, because (in being denied tenure at Harvard and having to become a professor at the University of Chicago), he figured she had suffered twice as much as Jesus. I therefore, as a tribute to the bravery of Rod Liddle (and I repeat, any one of us could also be criticised by our peers in a similar manner), link to this copy of Salvador Dali's four-dimensional hypercube crucifixion picture, because I think Liddle has perhaps suffered twice as awfully as that.
Labels: laboured satire, meaning of the word "censure", things that could happen to any blogger - in principle, waaaaah
this item posted by the management 3/31/2010 09:58:00 AM