Mary recently wrote a thoughtful post about censorship and controversy. The background was a thread on Sewing Pattern Review, which slid near spat level. The owner decided to revise the rules, proscribing discussion of sensitive issues.
When I started this blog, I decided to ring fence it to discussion of sewing and making patterns, and leave out private life, recipes, gardening, reading, music, art, politics, religion. It seemed like a sensible decision for me, to keep this activity in its own little bubble. Sewing is pretty much where I go to escape reality.
It seemed realistic a few years ago to compartmentalise, and it has advantages. People opening a blog might prefer to know what they’re likely to be getting. It keeps all the projects tidily in one place. There are few disagreements or misunderstandings. There’s zero opportunity to get shocked by finding out that views you find uncivilised or ill informed are held by people you imagined were on the same page, almost old friends .
Recent events illuminate the downside to this strategy. My long blogging lapse can’t all be laid at the door of that adorable Springer puppy. It seemed so incredibly trivial to write about making clothes when barbarity seems to be rising inexorably in so many ways. This of course.
But also the callous disregard for the rising levels of homelessness and intentionally created poverty in my native land and so many other places. The extreme criminality of abuse and trafficking. The displacement of persons fleeing war.
We expect our online communities to be like our real life associations and friendships, where we get a rounded picture of who we are talking to. Yet is this really possible? Or even desirable?
What do you think? .