Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

All Right, Give Me The Keys

Everybody wants to get into the act.

They call it "hacktivism", where you break into someone's computer or computer account and change things to make some sort of public stand.  This is what separates it from /b/tards breaking into your FaceBook and posting pictures from the pain series or something.  The latter is just to shock and piss you off.  The former is to affect whatever the cracker feels is positive change.

(By the way -- it should be "cracktivism", not "hacktivism".  All crackers are hackers, but not all hackers are crackers.  Jesus palimino.)

There's always the question of "Who do you trust?", especially when you ally yourself with others.  I hestitate to get mixed up with other groups, not just because I'm antisocial, but also because it changes my identity in other people's eyes.  They don't see my opinions as my own, but as something in support of this larger collective.  As such, it casts suspicion on what I say and write, because there is the underlying concern that maaaaaaaaaaybe I'm doing this to push an agenda instead of speaking my mind.  If I became a writer for a major comic website, people would wonder what happened to the guy treated Diamond as the antiChrist and tried to high five the person next to him when he read Tokyopop went under.

That said, there is also the question of Freedom Of Speech.  As I've said before, Freedom Of Speech doesn't just encompass opinions you agree with and opinions you disagree with.  It also covers opinions that piss you off.  So when these worlds collide....

Five years ago, Louis Marinelli started a FaceBook page called Project Marriage:  One Man, One Woman.  It gradually morphed into the official FB page for Nation Of Marriage.  For the past five years, Marinelli has toured the country on behalf of straight marriage, written anti-gay posts, and stumped to promote the misguided notion that marriage has nothing to do with property and rights, but is completely and totally about love alone (damn, there's that cynicism of mine popping up like a whack-a-mole again).

Marinelli was an administrator until about a week ago.  Then he quit.

And deleted fucking everything.

The NOM page is now history, and all 290,000 fans are going, WTF?!?

"Having spent the last five years putting all of my political will, interest and energy into fighting against the spread of same-sex marriage as if it were a contagious disease, I must admit that it is hard for me to put the following text into words let alone utter them with my own voice.

Whether it is an issue of disbelief, shame or embarrassment, the one thing that is for sure is that I have come to this point after several months of an internal conflict with myself. That conflict gradually tore away at me until recently when I was able to for the first time simply admit to myself that I do in fact support civil marriage equality."

Please notice that means he's in favor of civil unions, not full blown marriage, but at least he's playing for a tie.

While it's great that he's had a change of heart, I still don't like the fact that he basically silenced a bunch of dissenters (ones who had no clue this was coming).  Yes, I think people who oppose gay marriage are wrong.  But that doesn't mean they should be silenced based on my opinions.  He should have just turned over the site to someone else (I understand Glenn Beck is available).

Is he a rebel striking a blow for freedom?  Or is he just a totalitarian asshole?

Ever notice how, sometimes, it's tough to tell the difference?
Tags: computers, digital rights, haven't we suffered enough, i'm such a bitch, important life lessons, infernal gall, politics, technology is a beautiful thing
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