Although I’ve got writing assignments and plenty of other obligations, I realised recently that I hadn’t been keeping the horde of my readers up to date on what’s going on hereabouts. For one thing, Elaine came to visit and we continued our Cake Across Europe tour that we began last year in Palermo.
Oh, here’s a collection of what I wrote about all of that:
And here’s some of what Elaine made from that trip
Alone and existential in Palermo – What to do?
It seems that while everyone else is cutting carbohydrates out of their diets, Elaine and I go the other direction when we’re together. Plenty of my friends and acquaintances are toying with variations of high protein/low carb eating. Listening to those who’re obsessed with the Paleo Diet, many of our modern health problems are directly related to the effect sugar has on us. The argument goes that because carbs turn to sugar, we’re better off decreasing them as much as we can.
While I’m not going to wade into that debate here, and it’s a tangent I’m not prepared to go onto at this point anyway, I will concede that Elaine and my cake consumption is not the ideal health choice we could make. If I thought anyone was mad enough to actually look to either of us for nutrition advice, I’d include some sort of ‘Don’t try this at home, kids’ warning. Luckily, that’s not a concern.
Instead, the thrust of our week together was brainstorming and planning for how we’re going forward with our online presence. Because at our age, we’re sandwiched between the generations of people who didn’t have any of this technology and the digital natives who have grown up with it all around them, we’re in a position to have watched the good and bad that can be created in an online community.
People get bent out of shape because of something that was said in response to a post on Feckbook, and things can so easily escalate into name calling and blocking and genuine bad blood. We see the power of curating content and believe that our wall or stream on various platforms is like our virtual neighbourhood. So an ongoing topic between us is what to do when people get unruly on your page.
When it’s a genuine exchange of ideas, both and Elaine and I can overlook a bit of invective. A bit. However, when it turns to personal attacks, there’s an advantage in editing out the more cruel voices. Is that suppression of ideas? Censorship?
Yep, it is. It’s my wall. Go pollute your own space with your poison.
I’ve watched carefully over the years how major media sources deal with readers comments. When users still have some ability to stay anonymous, it seems there’s more inappropriate behaviour, but even people using their real names can be schmucks.
So, I’m curious what experiences you’ve had with this. Have you altered the settings on your blog or social media platforms where comments have to be approved first? Do you even bother with such thoughts? What’s your position on this? Don’t be shy.
I use a Firefox/Chrome extension (F.B. Purity) to control Feckbook. Comments to my blog are moderated, and my infrequent postings are also limiting comments. 🙂
As far as limiting carbs, I follow Julia Child’s advice in this interview.
So I have been reading this, re ‘carbs’ and it’s really interesting http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29629761
Oh, cool. I’ll check the link out. See, we’re all learning about nutrition here.
Via the medium of eating cake.
(I currently have a glass of Soylent on the go…)
First of all, I’m thrilled that you’re calling it Feckbook now, as well. We’re fomenting a revolution hereabouts.
At this point, I’m not going to moderate comments on this blog. I have been known to edit people’s typos and grammatical errors, though. It’s an obsession.
I moderate comments on my blog for new posters, because I write mostly about autism, which tends to bring out the mean in a lot of folks. And I warn people on my about page and sometimes again in the intro to a post that I will have no shame censoring bullshit. I’m all for free speech but I’m not for speech free of consequence. You post on my blog,
you consent to my rules. Bwahahahahahahaha. 🙂
Totally get that. Sounds like a good policy.
I tend to be a bit looser, but within reason. My reason, of course.
ETA: I don’t censor carbs though. Particularly those that come in the form of cake. All. The. Cake.
Over here, we like: All. The. Cake. too.