Would I Be Three Today Without Comments?

Today marks my three-year blogging anniversary! Can you believe it? I remember when I started this blog I didn’t think anyone would read it and here we are now three years later and I have some of the best followers I could have hoped for.

As a blogger, I live for comments. Whether the feedback be negative or positive, I love to know what my readers think. I use the comments to generate future posts, to connect with my readers and to find new blogs when new readers come my way. This is why I love that the comments here on this blog are freely available to everyone without any censorship. Which will turn me to the topic I have been mulling over, the censorship of YouTube comments.

I am sure by now most of you have heard but for those who havent, Google plus has announced that they will now roll out a way for YouTube comments to be censored. Brian Fagoli does a good job explaining the pros and cons in detail, but the gist is the author of the video will have their comments most visible, the author will be able to block certain words if they choose to and they will also be able to block certain users.

Now here’s my dilemma, YouTube comments can be pretty awful. They can be vile, racist and just plain hurtful. But they can also spark a lot of creativity. There are many times when I will see a YouTube comment and it will make me think of the video in a different light. Even if the comment is negative it can do some good. But I do understand that the overwhelming negative comments can deter people from wanting to post or even watch videos. So what is YouTube to do?

As a blogger, I feel comments are the life of our art. Without comments we wouldn’t do what we do week after week. There must be a way to have an open comment system without people abusing that power. I just don’t know what that way is.

Any ideas bloggers? Do you think Google Plus is heading in the right direction? Or do you think there is a better way to moderate comments? Let me know what you think!


Dont Fly That Flag?

This past week a local controversy broke out that I really couldn’t help but comment on. In a city nearby residents woke up to find a letter taped to their door with a new rule to follow. This rule was that all American Flags displayed for the public eye must be removed and limited to only indoor display. This letter was a result of multiple complaints from a tenant whose identity is still unknown.

         This letter rightfully drummed up controversy all over. The next day every radio and news station covered the reactions of all the residents as well as surrounding citizens. The idea that anyone thinks they have the right to control someones use of the American Flag is absolutely insulting. This particular housing complex was for those who are elderly or disabled. Many people who were affected by this American Flag ban either participated in war or knew someone who did and they felt this ban was disrespectful for those who served/ are serving.

A day after the ban and after all of the uproar- Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development recalled the ban stating ““The agency’s policy for local housing authorities includes not allowing displays of private materials in public areas. This does not extend to respectful and safe displays of the American flag,” according to an article by msnbc-http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/12/12707608-mass-housing-complex-american-flag-ban-reversed-after-a-day

Death threats were floating around the complex looking for the tenant who issued the complaints. Tensions were high and this leaves to question if this type of ban should ever be allowed in any situation. In my opinion the use of the American Flag in America should be allowed in any quantity in any venue and should not be regulated in any way. No one should have the right to ban it even if the ban only lasts a day. So I leave the question to you bloggers. Should the use of the American Flag be subject to regulation in any form? If so in what circumstance would regulation be perceivable?