There have been a ton of political upheaval events this week. For the most part I have an opinion on most of them, but it isn’t a driving force in my life. If anything, I hope we don’t scrub and rewrite the American Civil War into something it never was. I think it’s important to learn it as history.
I’m back on my soapbox about WordPress. Just moments ago, my reader became a rainbow flag, presumably to celebrate the gay marriage victory in Washington. I’m not going to take a position on the decision. Those who want to celebrate or mourn are welcome to their opinion.
WordPress is an international platform. To think of it as exclusively American is an insult. It is also a place where differing opinions can exist, and I like it that way.
By placing this flag on my reader, WordPress is taking an active role, and side, in an issue. WordPress is out of line here. Display either the rainbow flag, or the Confederate flag on your own post. Tell me why it’s there, and I’ll probably read it. I feel the same way about those who want to support or condemn the dissenting opinion of Justice Scalia.
WordPress is now telling me dissenting opinions are not welcome. I kind of like to read all opinions, myself. It’s like a shut-up warning to those who might want to engage in a bit of rhetoric.
This also brings up the international aspect. Americans get a bad rap for not recognizing the rest of the world matters. This isn’t undeserved. WordPress is reinforcing this position. I doubt those who want to write about starving children feel this decision overshadows their important posts.
WordPress should be the safe place where we can all talk – about anything that moves us. This includes dissenters, and those in the third world who don’t give a darn about American politics.
WordPress is overshadowing everyone’s issues today. I don’t believe that’s what blogging is all about. If you want to write about your anniversary, what you’re making for supper, or your karate class it shouldn’t be read with someone else’s political opinion attached.