A little disappointed …

Tertia sent around this email to a couple bloggers this morning.  I think her email is fair comment in light of the controversy over the 2007 SA Blog Awards and she gave me permission to republish it here:

Hello guys

i know i am a big girl, and i know i am hormonal, but i have been really disappointed and annoyed at how whingey and whiney and moany the SA blogging community have been.

All (some) people seem to do is whine and moan about every thing. The 27 dinners, the blog awards blah blah blah. Ok, ok, you can’t please all the people all the time, but why can’t we at least try and see the positive?

And then, when something really great and positive happens to one of us, one of our little group of local bloggers (I am talking about been short listed as a Blooker prize finalist), hardly any one blogs about it. it is making international headlines, this is a big deal! Can’t believe the names on that list – Frank Warren, Seth Goldin, the guys from Daily Kos! tertia albertyn, , , ,

Paul

Enthusiast, writer, strategist, web developer, and photographer. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

  1. Is it not interesting that same group keep coming up when it comes to the controversy?

    I agree with tertia that someone should have blogged about the Booker thing but, to be honest, I didn’t even know about it.

    However, this SA Blog awards is serious because it makes us all look mickey mouse, not just those involved.

  2. Is it not interesting that same group keep coming up when it comes to the controversy?

    I agree with tertia that someone should have blogged about the Booker thing but, to be honest, I didn’t even know about it.

    However, this SA Blog awards is serious because it makes us all look mickey mouse, not just those involved.

  3. Is it not interesting that same group keep coming up when it comes to the controversy?

    I agree with tertia that someone should have blogged about the Booker thing but, to be honest, I didn’t even know about it.

    However, this SA Blog awards is serious because it makes us all look mickey mouse, not just those involved.

  4. I’m new to the blogging scene, just put up a website and plunged in .Immediately I felt intimidated by the atmosphere of the cliques. It was the racists/negative propagandists on the one side and the techie/in-crowd on the other.

    Tertia is right, I knew about the award and didn’t put it on my blog – I’ve done so now and will be rooting for her all the way.

  5. I’m new to the blogging scene, just put up a website and plunged in .Immediately I felt intimidated by the atmosphere of the cliques. It was the racists/negative propagandists on the one side and the techie/in-crowd on the other.

    Tertia is right, I knew about the award and didn’t put it on my blog – I’ve done so now and will be rooting for her all the way.

  6. I’m new to the blogging scene, just put up a website and plunged in .Immediately I felt intimidated by the atmosphere of the cliques. It was the racists/negative propagandists on the one side and the techie/in-crowd on the other.

    Tertia is right, I knew about the award and didn’t put it on my blog – I’ve done so now and will be rooting for her all the way.

  7. Hi Karen

    Welcome to blogging. The thing is, you are the kind of person efforts like the Blog Awards are aimed at in the sense that they are meant to generate awareness of blogs and other new media and to encourage people who are not part of the geek/jeek/A-list blogger crowd to start blogging.

    Glad to see you around! By the way, I just tried to visit your blog and it wasn’t found.

  8. Hi Karen

    Welcome to blogging. The thing is, you are the kind of person efforts like the Blog Awards are aimed at in the sense that they are meant to generate awareness of blogs and other new media and to encourage people who are not part of the geek/jeek/A-list blogger crowd to start blogging.

    Glad to see you around! By the way, I just tried to visit your blog and it wasn’t found.

  9. Hi Karen

    Welcome to blogging. The thing is, you are the kind of person efforts like the Blog Awards are aimed at in the sense that they are meant to generate awareness of blogs and other new media and to encourage people who are not part of the geek/jeek/A-list blogger crowd to start blogging.

    Glad to see you around! By the way, I just tried to visit your blog and it wasn’t found.

  10. surely politicians with aspirations for leadership positions have more important things to worry about than anonymous comments from strangers?

  11. I say theres always smoke where theres fire. Patricia de Lille is only reacting to this because it impacts on her blue-eyed boy! He chose to be in the public eye – so he should be able to handle critism.

  12. Twylite: Time and again democratic nations have come down against anonymity in their highest courts? Really? What’s this then?

    “Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Great works of literature have frequently been produced by authors writing under assumed names. Despite readers’ curiosity and the public’s interest in identifying the creator of a work of art, an author generally is free to decide whether or not to disclose her true identity. The decision in favor of anonymity may be motivated by fear of economic or official retaliation, by concern about social ostracism, or merely by a desire to preserve as much of one’s privacy as possible. Whatever the motivation may be, at least in the field of literary endeavor, the interest in having anonymous works enter the marketplace of ideas unquestionably outweighs any public interest in requiring disclosure as a condition of entry. Accordingly, an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.

    U.S. Supreme Court, McIntyre v. Ohio (1995).”

    Or this: “In 1960, the court in Talley v. California, (362 U.S. 60) struck down a Los Angeles city ordinance that made it a crime to distribute anonymous pamphlets.” (‘the “identification requirement would tend to restrict freedom to distribute information and thereby freedom of expression.”‘)

  13. Please follow the link to the hypocrit’s press release

    http://www.id.org.za/newsroom/press-releases/de-lille-2013-2018i-am-a-living-example-of-fighting-for-freedom-of-speech2019/
    It’s unbelievable! The hypocracy of it is just too much… She LOST the case…. and was ordered to pay the costs!!!
    http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=303869&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/

    And for context:
    “SM, who is in her 40s, said she set herself on fire after a friend confronted her about her name and HIV status
    being published in the biography of Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille.”
    “”My life has been totally ruined. It is no longer worth living. I lost my boyfriend,
    I lost my home, I lost my furniture. There is nothing more to live for.”
    http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1691996,00.html

    So Simon’s feelings are hurt and she ruined someone’s life. Which is worse?

    It’s a serious concern that the first tool in the toolkit which she reaches for is not the current law, but rather new legislation to censor and control..!

    It’s also quite sad that Patricia, the chancellor of the DIT (Durban Institute of Technology), asks in her press release if there isn’t a way for the anonymity could be stripped from the internet. She obviously has no idea of how the internet works and doesn’t. And no one at the institute has bothered to inform her either.

    If you read the ID press release is factually incorrect! Are these not the lies we should be guarding against?

  14. The guy behind the SA Male Prostitute blog can be found by googling “Juan Uys”

    He is known for making up lies and have a very troubled past.

    He lives on the publicity and you should decide if you want to keep iving him what he want

What do you think?

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