Of course, in an era where links to people you love(d) secretly become piles of shit that require disappearing backed up by a Mr. Burns moment of “release the hounds”, and any word I write about being
unpublished deleted from Boing Boing is tantamount to typing text made entirely of gasoline… Interesting to see that those of us who take the integrity of links and the fabric of the Internet seriously are still thinking about the after effects of That Boing Boing Thing. Today, Bacchus couldn’t resist giving the pile ‘o shit* a little stir himself in Cory Doctorow On The Value Of Links. After you read that, in case you missed it, this was Cory’s response to the mass link deletions on his site.
And no, I still don’t know why it happened. I have a pretty good conspiracy theory, but that’s about it. The quote that goes with my conspiracy theory goes thusly, “the way the internet makes it easy for people of good will to organize nifty stuff *also* makes it easy for crazed goons to organize malevolent weirdness, which then surfaces unexpectedly, chewing with foam-flecked maw on the legs of the most unlikely targets.”
* In a comment she later deleted, Xeni Jardin referred to the deletion of links with my name in them saying, “You wouldn’t leave a pile of shit laying around on the floor of your own home, do you?”