I’m speechless too — and now BoingBoing has banned him as a commenter which is ridiculous — but the last line in Orwellian, Indeed is epic:
I don’t even know what to say about this.
Remember the whole violet blue thing at BoingBoing last year? The bit where Xeni Jardin disappeared a bunch of posts by, about, or tangentially related to Violet Blue, and then there was a shitstorm in the blogosphere about whether, given Cory Doctorow’s views on the reputation economy and such, that was something BoingBoing ought to be doing? And then BoingBoing’s site policies were silently updated to make that sort of thing ok, and everyone involved patted themselves on the back and learned some lessons about how to run a large site with comments? Or something? Yeah…
It was inevitable that when Amazon reached into its customers Kindles and removed copies of 1984 and Animal Farm, Cory would have something to say about it. DRM! Amazon! Orwell! Inevitable. Here’s his post. The second comment there points out the parallels between what Amazon did and what BoingBoing did during last year’s unpleasantness. And, also inevitably, that commenter is shouted down by fans (some of whom are moderators) who insist that there is no equivalence whatsoever. (Seriously, the commenting culture there is kind of fucked up and fannish.)
I made a comment defending the point of view that there was some similarity between the two situations:
AFAIC, if Amazon wants to unpublish some e-books they sold, it’s jake with me.
*cough* (…read the rest, and the comments, elsewhere.org)
It’s beyond ironic. Especially after I just tweeted about how to get Orwell’s 1984 onto your Kindle regardless. And if you’re not sure what this is all about, here’s my handy video where I explain That BoingBoing Thing in the words of MetaFilter commenters: