CELEBRATE ANONYMOUS UNMODERATED COMMENTS!!! TKC REMAINS THE LAST KANSAS CITY FREE SPEECH ZONE!!!
This Sunday morning let's celebrate FREEDOM despite the fact that it's disappearing in Kansas City and across the Internets.
To wit . . .
DESPITE HAVING TO PUT UP WITH SOME REALLY HORRIBLE D-BAGS . . . TKC PLEDGES TO KEEP THE COMMENTS UNMODERATED AND ANONYMOUS FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE WHILE MAINSTREAM MEDIA CLAMPS DOWN ON USER REPLIES!!!
This week in tech was typified by user comment crackdowns. Take a look:
Popular Science: Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments
CBC: Popular Science online comment ban explained
CNN: Have online comment sections become 'a joke'?
Forbes: Trolls Not Allowed: Rise Of Quality Online Comments
Closer to home . . .
THE KANSAS CITY STAR HAS EFFECTIVELY KILLED ONLINE USER REACTION WITH THEIR FACEBOOK PLOY TO CRACKDOWN ON COMMENTS!!!
Two reasons we never tried this @ TKC . . .
Jeff Zuckerberg is rich enough without me helping to build his empire on this tiny corner of the Internets.
And forcing a comment signature is kind of like forcing people to sign their votes in public . . . There's a reason our ballots in this nation are secret . . . It gives people FREEDOM. Accordingly, our FIRST AMENDMENT FREEDOM ALONG WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT makes so many crappy comments pretty much constitutionally protected. Even though I wish n-word guy would get it over with and just admit he has a crush on Ving Rhames and is unable to deal with it in a constructive manner.
Don't get it twisted, TKC HATES SPAM and it's deleted on sight and without mercy. In rare instances there have also been a few illegal comments that we've gotten rid of ASAP too . . . Still, freedom and free speech rules this blog and it's not moderated mostly because I've got better things to do and rarely check in on what you d-bags are arguing about . . .
The important thing here is that for as long as humanly possible, we're gonna hold out and hold the line to support people typing whatever crappy thing is on their mind.
Kansas City discourse isn't pretty but this blog helps provide readers with an unfiltered look at how this town really thinks which is often rather shocking, strangely racist, quirky, funny and surprisingly informative.
Two more things . . .
No, I didn't delete your comment . . . This is the Internet and not Ma Bell, Blogger.com isn't perfect and often comments are eaten.
TKC does a lot of things well . . . Maybe not preventing typos . . . But providing a place where Kansas City residents can challenge local government, biz propaganda and marketing is maybe one of the most important public services I can think of this side of Jordan Carver's cleavage . . . As Kansas City elected officials increasingly refuse to be held accountable for their actions, words or sexting . . . This blog is the last free speech zone in our wicked little cowtown with the hope to provide an open forum no matter how ugly rather than protect local lameness or smiling politicos. Natch.