Friday, September 09, 2016

Goodbye, Mark

In light of continuing and apparently increasing censorship on Facebook, I'm going to begin posting blog-first. I'll copy the links over to Facebook, but Mark and his company have proven to no longer be trustworthy stewards of my content.

The most recent example of this is:

Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after Facebook deletes 'napalm girl' 

If you don't like that picture, Mark, perhaps you'll prefer this one.

Photograph: Nick Ut/AP

I'll be slowly removing all of my old content from Facebook, at least the stuff that I think I should keep, and relocating it here. Some of the conversations I had with you, my friends and family, were the best part of that content. If the conversation was something more than "Nice shot!" then I'll probably copy that over here, too. Because this is a public blog, I want to respect your privacy. If you see a conversation here that you participated in with me and would prefer that conversation be kept private, just let me know and I'll remove it. 

To end on a positive note, I'd like to share a quote that I ran across while researching the original "Napalm Girl" photograph. That little girl turned out to be a wise and beautiful human being.

Forgiveness made me free from hatred. I still have many scars on my body and severe pain most days but my heart is cleansed. Napalm is very powerful, but faith, forgiveness, and love are much more powerful. We would not have war at all if everyone could learn how to live with true love, hope, and forgiveness. If that little girl in the picture can do it, ask yourself: Can you?

-- Kim PhĂșc, NPR in 2008

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