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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Boing Boing Speaks out on Blue

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 2:39 PM

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Perhaps some of you have been following the twists and turns of the Great Violet Blue Boing Boing Content Purge of Aught Eight. If you haven’t, go here.

The short story is that Violet Blue, an author, sex educator and columnist for the Chron, seems to have been erased from popular techie blog, Boing Boing. As often happens on the internets, various parties got to wildly speculating, with some wondering if Blue had offended the Boing Boing bunch. Blue seemed as puzzled about the purge as anyone.

Well, today Boing Boing finally decided to address the issue, posting this message to their readers:

Boing Boing has been caught in the middle of a real internet shitstorm and pile-on over the last few days. A blogger named Violet Blue noticed that we unpublished some posts related to her. Some people wanted to know why.

Bottom line is that those posts (not "more than 100 posts," as erroneously claimed elsewhere) were removed from public view a year ago. Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her. It's our blog and so we made an editorial decision, like we do every single day. We didn't attempt to silence Violet. We unpublished our own work. There's a big difference between that and censorship.

For the rest of the post go here.

Blue hasn't responded to the post on her own blog at this time.

Boing Boing asserts that it did not address the removal of Blue related posts earlier in order to avoid drama. About 400+ user comments later, drama won. In the words of the second commenter on the scene, “I'm now killing myself with curiosity over what Violet did that made you take the posts down. Drama is such fun.” -Andy Wright

Correction: Boing Boing's Xeni emailed to point out that Blue did not write any of the posts that vanished. Duly noted, and correction made!

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