PEACE – By the Better Angels of Our Nature – Ethical blogging / vlogging

since the four agreement video is so dark ive decided to copy and paste a blog comment i left on another site and amend a bit here
PEACE – By the Better Angels of Our Nature – Ethical blogging / vlogging

Peace does not mean we say nothing or that we move on and ignore – it does mean that we examine and we question and we challenge and we LOVE

Peace does not mean the absence of tension but the presence of justice (loosely translated from MLK – im in a rush sorry)

seems alot of old baggage from various places is getting dumped into this picture of “should the DeafRead conference have a DISCUSSION on what type of aggregator it wants to be” – folks r feeling naturally defensive – “u gonna cut me cuz i disagree with u…” “who decides…” “censorship…” etc

really the question is valid – it is a question re: ethical behavior

DeafRead has created a virtual place – a community of interest

should it be a place to divide an already fragmented and disenfranchised community or should it be a place where folks can come together to share ideas and POV?

i think how it has been functioning overall is fine but i do hope that at the upcoming conference it will have a DISCUSSION on the topic of having some special interest group threads for like minded folks (not group think – there is a difference) in such a place folks dont have to worry about trolls, personal attacks, etc – there will still be differences of opinion but hopefully there will be more postive ACTION and less REACTION and certainly far less DISTRACTIONS

these SIG groups could be for a variety of points of view

the sad things i have been seeing in DeafRead blog / vlogs COMMENTS SECTIONS do not tap into or reflect the great potential of what DeafRead could be – instead it is a war of he said / she said

when my family has a disagreement and conflict and emotions get really heated – we agree to take a couple of steps backward – calm down and breath and then ask if we can start over

wondering if it is time to just start over and anew – this is not the same as moving on or sweeping things under the carpet

it is clear that DeafRead is precious and important to all of us

it is clear that DeafRead is getting used and abused (and/or allowing itself to do so)

wondering if we try to start anew and ask ourselves – is my blog / vlog / or comment designed to mock, ridicule, or abuse a group of people – if so, i would ask u to find another place for such ill play

if any of our next blog / vlog / or comment is designed to assert a stand, opinion, share an experience or point of view – even if contrary to my own – i would welcome it if it can be done respectfully and fairly

right now there is ALOT of hitting below the belts

and a ton of urban legends seem to be emerging

i have never seen any blog / vlog that advocated for an ASL ONLY education for deaf kids

i have never seen any blog / vlog that advocated for the exclusion of Deaf people who were oral or use CI from the Deaf community or DeafRead

i have seen comments by bloggers / vloggers that are inflamatory, mocking and mean

i have seen some people sign CI in a way that is disrespectful and labels the person instead of the device or the CI industry or the specialists

i have seen some people make derogatory and offensive remarks about Deaf culture and ASL

i think what some folks are calling for from DeafRead is “to gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance” (G. Washington)

what we now seem to have emerging on DeafRead is an UNcivil war so i will close with a quote from Abraham Lincoln closing his first inaugural address and the onset of the Civil war

“I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

let us remember the better angels of our nature and type / sign carefully

forgive the above postings for typos and any incoherence – im in a huge rush

i wish u all a very very very happy new year

be well

much love and peace

patti durr


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barb DiGi
    Dec 21, 2007 @ 10:16:30


    May our days be filled with peace and love especially during the holidays.

    Let DeafRead prosper with constructive thinking where we can find ways to improve for the year of 2008!

  2. ella lentz
    Dec 21, 2007 @ 14:28:37

    Beautifully said!!! Muchos gracias, mi amiga. (Pardon my Spanish)
    Very important message and analysis of what went on this week and a good challenge to each of us.
    Indeed, peace on Deaf earth and good will to all Deaf people.

  3. pdurr
    Dec 22, 2007 @ 09:21:05

    thanks for ur comments Barb and Ella

    thank u for all ur vlogs / blogs and comments in other sites also

    let us all move peacefully forward

    Peace to ALL!


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