Posts in: April 23rd, 2008

Banning People from the Internet

Remember this lady? Here’s the disconnect, for me: first, on the Lee Stranahan blog, she refuses to post a link to her own blog. After first accusing commenters of being ridiculous by destroying his bandwidth and leaving trolling comments, fair points both of them, some folks asked for a link to her own blog, so we could take it over there, but she said no. It’s a private blog, invitation-only (Blogger’s stupidest feature, if you ask me; if you aren’t going to let it all hang out for the Internet masses, why blog at all?).

So, with a baffling two-day roll-out, she decided yes, she’d make a public blog—specifically designed for readers both of Stranahan and Bitter But Brilliant. She started by posting about 20 things in less than two days. Many of the early entries were clearly copied and pasted from another place (ostensibly her private blog); later, she took it upon herself to troll BBB posters (including yours truly) using the blog, since they banned her from the forum.

After checking out that trainwreck several times last weekend, it suddenly prompted me to sign in so I could view the private blog. That’s right: she privatized another blog. Which begs the question: what’s the point? You have two blogs, one public and one private. Ill-advised though it was, I suppose the point of the public blog was so that we could get to know her in order to stop mocking her. I don’t claim to know that for sure, but it did seem like the sampling of entries were selected to ingratiate her. It didn’t work, so why not just delete the blog? Do you really need two private blogs? After that, do you need to roll out yet another public blog, this one with comments disabled? You couldn’t have just disabled comments on the other one? Maybe she’s just not Internet savvy, but it seems like excess.

It started to make me wonder: should the Internet have some kind of Logan’s Run-esque rule where anyone over a certain age isn’t allowed to go online? Since it seems she’s devoted her life to trolling message boards and creating unnecessary blogs, that’s a tax on bandwidth that nobody really needs. I suppose this rule should also apply to younger people, as well. What I’m saying is, only people between the ages of 22 and 35 are allowed on the Internet. Sorry, pervs, find another outlet.

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