Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A Shot by Both Sides murder roundup

Following the news that anonymous dickheads have forced the premature death of an amusing and often insightful blog by spiteful blackmail, a roundup seems in order.

Crooked Timber - "I’ve alternately enjoyed and been infuriated by John’s blog and he’s certainly been a major irritant to the decent smug and self-satisfied former left and the samizdatistas. Both Daniel and I were regular commenters on John’s site and I’ll miss the mix of friendly repartee and ill-tempered invective there."

Harry's Place (rarely fans of John B) - "I would just like to take this opportunity say: what fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking fucking scummy wankers...

"What sort of monumental, spectacular, loss of perspective can have motivated a SBBS reader to have grassed John up in such a shabby fashion.

"Fuck them."

Chicken Yoghurt - "I just hope you shitweasels who made this happen have a glowing sense of well-being in your solitude this evening as you masturbate into your socks."

Jim Bliss - "SBBS was never guilty of racism or sexism, but refused to bow to contrived notions of political correctness. If John was guilty of anything, it was of overestimating the ability of his readership to discern the real target of a particular barb."

Devil's Kitchen (hardly of the same political views, with a stirling defence of blogging anonymity) - "This is wrong; apart from anything else, it's just not cricket. Honour comes in where boundaries are not legally set; and on blogs, honour dictates that—no matter how fucked off you are with someone in this medium—it stays in this medium. Whilst I often didn't agree with John, the real life bleed-through barrier should be sacrosanct."

Tim Worstall (again, hardly of the same political views) - "Bad news. Very bad news."

Matt T - "bad news for British blogging, and probably a sign of the rut it is currently in."

Ducking for Apples - "It would be nice to think that the web is a community of tech-literate, altruistic, friendly people who are proponents of free speech and generally getting on with life in a "do what you will but hurt no-one" kind of way.

"Unfortunately, there seem to be a proportional number of people who get their ya-yas by intimidation, bullying, power-games and trying to control other people."

Third Avenue - "A chill wind blows through blogland"

Laban Tall (another from the opposite end of the political spectrum) - "This day there's a gaping hole in the Blogring of Britain, where a precious if somewhat tarnished jewel once shone."

Backword has another link roundup and ponders whether "Perhaps there’s no higher acclaim that being blackmailed by envious anonymous cunts."

Finally, my own, more considered opinion - "it would seem that wanting to gas people who complained about Geldof swearing is fine. As long as they aren’t Jewish. Which, in my humble opinion, is significantly more patronisingly racist than anything I’ve ever read of John B’s.

"Shot by Both Sides was a satirical site – not always satire of genius, but satirical nonetheless. John’s whole persona on that site was, from everthing I can tell, merely that – a persona, an exaggeration of some of the worst excesses of the internet. To take that into the real world is less than pathetic. It’d be akin to trying to get Swift booted out of the Church for writing “A Modest Proposal” – after all, if he wrote that the children of poor Irish people should be used as food, he simply MUST have meant it…"

And now the 600+ average unique daily visitors of Shot by Both Sides have discovered a part of their lives, albeit small, destroyed by the actions of a selfish, self-righteous arsehole who thinks that their ill-thought opinions are more important than anyone else's enjoyment. Aside from the massive damage this has the potential to do to the concept of free speech in the British blogosphere as a whole, as we all now have to live in fear of some felchlugger causing us shit if they don't like something we write, this is effectively the blogging equivalent of terrorism - only the person responsible didn't even have the decency of either killing themselves at the same time or taking responsibility for their pathetically childish actions. Whoever you were, nice one. I hope you're proud.

5 Comments:

Anonymous MatGB said...

Never read him (only started reading blogs at the election), but it looks like I might have found his stuff to be amusing. Shame I won't get to read it now.

The humour impaired get everywhere. Unfortunately, they don't know they have the affliction, so they can't form a support group. The joke was in bad taste, and he perhaps shouldn't have made it in the way he did. If he'd said first against the wall or proposed rounding them into a field and bombing them, likelihood is no offense caused. It wasn't the killing them, it was the gas chambers thing.

The narrowness of the viewpoint of those who see racism, or anti-semitism, in everything, can at times be disturbing. Bastards.

9/14/2005 11:24:00 pm  
Blogger Churl said...

From Harry's Place:

"and reacted, not in the traditional and appropriate way, which is to call John a wanker, but actually complained to John’s employers, and threatened to contact his employer's clients and the national press."

Whilst I may disagree with what others say, I would put both barrels in my mouth and my toe against the trigger before I did something as low as that.

Freedom of Speech is just that: The Freedom to speak your mind. Or is the self-satisified twunt that threatened to report SBBS of the opinion that it's only for those sad wankers like him?

9/15/2005 06:48:00 am  
Blogger Justin said...

The galling thing for me is that we will probbaly never know who did it. I doubt they were at commenter SBBS and maybe not even a blogger. Just some lurking little inadequate momentarily realising a power fantasy before returning to his lukewarm Pot Noodle and wondering what it must be like to touch a girl's breasts.

9/15/2005 01:23:00 pm  
Anonymous tom p said...

I must say, nosey, that I do think you've gone a tad over the top here calling this a murder roundup.

After all, it's not like he can't start again under a different name and without any personal details on the site. It would be really rather easy for him to e-mail all the blogs that had linked to sbbs and ask them to link to his new blog, but not to reference sbbs explicitly while doing so.

And even if he chooses not to, then he's certainly not been murdered, just gagged. It's a bad thing but not nearly as bad as muddah

9/15/2005 02:33:00 pm  
Blogger Laban said...

I suppose you're right. Nobody's been shot or stabbed and it's unlikely Mossad were involved.

I suppose it is a tad dangerous career-wise to write stuff like that under your own name. Which is why I blog in the persona of a middle-aged, grumpy, white Glarstershire lad, when in fact I am a young, female, prize-winning novelist living near Brick Lane.

9/15/2005 08:43:00 pm  

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