Friday, June 1, 2007

I'd Like The Freedom To Be Occasionally Offensive

Doing this blog thing, it's stirred up the creative juices for me a little.

I've got some ideas that I'd like to share, but some of these ideas are a tad on the offensive side of the spectrum. Well, perhaps more than a tad.

I consider myself an okay-kinda-guy who is pretty sensitive to others' feelings and all, but I do have a misanthropic muscle or two that must get exercised from time to time.

I've got an amusing idea for a little photo-story using stills from the 9/11 movie United 93, as well as a great "dreadful reimagining" of a beloved children's story, which makes The Velveteen Cockroach look like, well, The Velveteen Rabbit.

I have told the plot of my take on the children's story to several people, who agreed it was a clever, humorous idea, but said it would probably be a bad idea to post it -- it was just too damned offensive, or could be perceived in such a way.

But I haveta, I haveta, I tell ya.

Here's how I think I can post these offensive things with a relatively clean conscience.

1. Mark the post as containing potentially "toxic" content.
2. Don't actually include the offensive content in the blog post, but rather a pointer to another page that contains it.
3. The page containing the actual offensive content will require a User ID and password to access it.
4. Give the User ID and password in the blog post, and indicate it's reader beware.

Does this sound like I am covering all my bases?

I'm not asking for permission to post offensive content, merely asking if this is a reasonable way of posting it.


Tanya Espanya said...

You're probably fine with just 1 or 2.

And now I'm intrigued.

Splotchy said...

I think I should have the password protection so my toxic stories don't show up if people do a Google search.

I'll try and get one of the offensive things up some time this week.

Tanya Espanya said...


jin said...

Best not to ask me as I have offended numerous family members with my 'lil blog. Oh, wait...that's right. I meant to do that. HA!

So, count me in! :-)

Joe said...

I think you're covered. Remember, when you post something online, everyone automatically assumes you have the best of intentions, so I wouldn't worry about it.