A good guy in these terrible times

One of the sites that I look at a fair bit is Spocko’s Brain. It is worth a look for anyone who lives in our crazy world and spends a lot of time with their head in their hands and worrying what kind of world will be left for our children etc.

Anyway, Spocko got closed down at the beginning of the year by Disney’s lawyers. Why, you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Spocko was so appalled by the hate filled rhetoric spewing forth from radio hosts on radio stations in his area that he posted clips of their mind numbing ignorance on his blog and then wrote to the advertisers on these shows just asking them if this was really what they wanted their companies associated with. And companies such as Visa and Borders thought about it for a millisecond and decided wisely – no!

An example of comments by the show hosts broadcast just after the 6AM news:

Lee Rogers: I say they catch the person, tie ’em to a post and burn ’em. Set ’em on fire.
Officer Vic: Yeah.
Lee Rogers: Let ’em know what it feels like.
Melanie Morgan: Hog tie ’em first. That would be good.

Disney (the owner of the station) sent Spocko a ‘cease and desist’ letter saying he had no right to use the clips. He actually complied with this and then they contacted his ISP (who presumably in fear of Disney’s lawyers) shut his whole blog down. Anyway, the EFF and others got involved and he got his blog back. You may see the full text of the EFF letter here.

Spocko has his blog (hosted somewhere else). Disney as far as I am aware never replied to the EFF letter.


Filed under: Absurdity, Daily Life

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