A Violet Tempest in a Teacup

July 2, 2008

I could give a rip about Violet Blue. Like a lot of things in life, I’d rather engage in it than listen or read someone bloviate about it. It’s amusing, however, to note the goofy controversy around Boing Boing’s summary deletion of this media darling sex writer from their contributions along with any of her posts from their archives:

…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 We unpublished our own work.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.

Yadda yadda, with a gigantic shitstorm of negative comments trailing the post. Most seem to think that Boing Boing has sold out or become Big Brother, declaring poor Violet an unperson and sending her fascinating posts down the memory hole.
Many speculate what it could be about. One most likely cause could be her absolute nuttiness in trying to trademark her trade name in the wake of a nutty lawsuit with a Washington porn star who was using the same name at the same time – or first. I don’t know. My grandpa always told me not to interfere in a fight between a trendy sex writer and a pornstar, so I don’t have dog in this fight, per se….
Whatever reason they chose to do this is their own. Possibly they have decided to disengage themselves from this litigious individual and a retroactive deletion may have been the safest move from a possible legal standpoint.
Bottom line: a blog is a glorified, electronic diary, not a public forum. They can post what they like and do house cleaning how they choose. That’s why Boing Boing doesn’t just give anyone the ability to log in a start posting. It’s not IndyMedia. If it was, you’d have to read through endless 9-11 Truth posts and rambling entries about contrails. Thank God(dess), too. What else would I read with my coffee every morning?
My and other people’s speculation aside, we may never know why they really chose to disassociate themselves from VB and any explanation might fall short of the expectation that the supposed transgression of censorship/unpublishing puts in people’s heads.
‘Nuff said.

Read Mr. David Raffin’s post here. He never got the word about the Pornstar vs Sex Writer thing and wrote volumes about this long before Boing Boing bounced VB away.


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