Apparently, this website - yes, this one - is listed as 'offensive and tasteless' by a net nanny.
I don't know what to think. Except, perhaps, that I understand the 'offensive' bit. I don't mind being called offensive. I like to think I offend a lot of people. I don't go out of my way to offend a lot of people; and often I get upset if I think I have offended people who needn't be offended. On the other hand, though, offending people isn't the worst thing in the world to do. Some people deserve to be offended. Others, I don't care whether I offend them or not.
But 'tasteless'...? Well I'm not so sure where that comes from. Sure, every now and then there may be times when I wonder aloud whether people should be sandpapered to death, or made to drown in human faeces, or whatever. Is that so wrong? Maybe it is. Maybe I should just write about bunnies and unicorns and nice things, and then everything would be OK.
Apparently, though, this isn't an isolated incident. Quite a few people have been telling me that the swearing sets buzzers off all over the place, not just in prudish circles but in perfectly ordinary companies where they'd rather their employees didn't see *clutches pearls* rude words like bum, or winkle.
Sigh. Is this really where we are, in the 21st century, where you can't read what you want to read because your employers think that you might fall off your chair and start foaming at the mouth if you see something slightly sweary? Must I start using asterisks all over the place, or euphemisms? Must I call Richard Littlejohn a tuppence? Should I use less earthy intensifiers to ascribe emotional outburstiness to the things I write?
Every now and then this kind of thing happens, and I wonder: should I try and modify what turns up here in order to make it more accessible? Is it better to try and censor myself a bit, and blunt things off a little bit? It wouldn't really make this a lot less fun, just a little - and more people could see this site than can do at the moment.
But then I think: no, fuck it. The whole point about this kind of writing is that there are no boundaries, there are no censors, there is no editor, except yourself and what you decide. And if I write the nonsense that comes out of my head, well it might be nonsense, but it's my nonsense. I'm sorry if people can't see the website because their employers' net nannies are too sensitive; but there are always workarounds if you know where to go, and since the mobile version of the site doesn't have the post tags on the front page (including those scary and rude words which will corrupt you) it seems less offensive (and possibly less tastless, if less of a lessness thing is at all possible). It's not even as if I swear all the time, because I don't. All right, I do, quite a lot, but that's me. But there are worse things out there on the internet, less tasteful things, and less fun things too.
In short, then, I'm not going to change anything. Balls to that. Double balls and bollocks.
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