Friday, September 9, 2016

It's Really Sad The Things Some People Get Offended Over

Politics aside, I try to not delve in to too many controversial issues.  I did a lot of that with my Nunavut blog, especially when it came to issues surrounding the seal hunt and traditional culture and  if you go to the proverbial well too many times, you end up opening the door to all sorts of trolls and nut jobs.  Let's just say that I won't be getting a Christmas card from anti-sealing activist Paul Watson anytime soon.

I'm sure most people will be familiar with the above 1972 photograph taken by Nick Ut during the Vietnam War.  It's historic.  It's iconic.  It's an important reminder of what happens when, to take an idea from the writings of Clausewitz, humanity stops the conversation, picks up  a weapon and conducts its politics through other means.  It's also, according to some thin-skinned social justice warriors, HIGHLY offensive.

Yes, for 44 years, no one had an issue with this photo (at least no one you would take seriously) but now all of a sudden, the media giant Facebook, in a fit of ignorance that boggles the mind, suddenly became very anal over it.  While I realize this photo was posted as part of protest over some larger issues with the media giant surrounding free speech, I seriously have to question the logic and intelligence of some people.  Rather than looking into the history and significance of this photo (and if you're under 40 and don't know, you really should look it up), Facebook performed a simple knee-jerk reaction by not allowing it to be shown.  

Thankfully, common sense has prevailed and this iconic photo has been deems not offensive.  As it should be.

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