Remember former Mozilla CEO Eich? I recently read How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life and started reconsidering. Where do I stand on this issue? The thoughts turned from society and how we react as mob down to the individual and questions of guilt and ethics. Where’s Internet Ethics when we need it. ✎
On Google+, Marcel Schnau said that he thinks it basically comes down to a lack of moderation. I left a comment saying that I’m not sure. My experience on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ has been very positive. Personally, USENET was where I learned how to wear Asbestos Underwear. I still think we’ll need a lot more reflection on these topics in order to get a grip on this Internet thing, as a society. We lack Internet culture.✎
I'm using culture in the sense of shared practices, common assumptions, etc. In the days of Netiquette, for example, I don’t remember people talking about “forgive and forget”. I still remember how surprised I was when I first stumbled upon it.✎
To give you another example: We all know how to deal more or less with thorny issues. Some people have problems concerning their looks and still we want to treat them like everybody else, for example. We know that it’s not OK to have our decisions influenced by the acne on somebody’s face. Do we know that it’s not OK to have our decisions influenced by the pictures of a party on Facebook? How long ago does it have to be? This doesn’t come naturally to use, because our parents taught us about acne but not about Facebook. Dealing with social media, perfect records, searchability, big data – it’s not part of our shared practices, it’s not part of our culture. Yet.✎
I use Firefox on my desktop both at work and at home. I don’t want Safari, Chrome or Internet Exploder. These days, the Mozilla foundation hired a dude called Eich who donated “$1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort to ban gay marriage in California.” See Exclusive: Mozilla CEO Eich says gay-marriage firestorm could hurt Firefox (Q&A) for details.
I had a
conversation on IRC which revolved around two questions: How homophobic is Eich? Does “boycotting” a free product hurts him or the product?
My point was that I would like to tell Mozilla that having a homophobic boss is despicable. Writing a private email to let them know is not enough! Thus we enter the realm of politics where the actual boycott is not as important as news outlets writing about it. Let the scandal get some publicity.
In the interview, “Eich refuses to discuss his own beliefs explicitly or say whether they’ve changed…” I’m assuming they did not change much.
I think his argument is full of #fail. “If Mozilla cannot continue to operate according to its principles of inclusiveness…” and mentioning anti-gay marriage coders in Indonesia. How is that an argument? Does Mozilla also work with Hitler? (Just to cut that line of argument short.)
Karl Popper argued that you cannot be tolerant towards the intolerant. Actually, according to WikiQuote he said: “If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”
I think that’s why it’s not important for me to hurt Eich personally. After all, he’s free to say what he wants and to sponsor what he wants. I have limited tolerance. It’s important for me to tell Mozilla that it’s not OK to hire such a person! I don’t have unlimited tolerance.
Anyway, here’s to not boycotting Firefox and still helping the scandal get some publicity.
Looking back at how things have gone in the last year I’d say that all my RPG conversation has moved to Google+ and this wiki-blog has turned into a repository of things I don’t want to loose when Google+ is shut down. All my political thoughts are on Twitter: @kensanata and I’m almost exclusively expressing myself via retweets. I’m also more than happy to talk about it on Twitter.
I post my pictures on Flickr at kensanata for myself and cross-post them to Facebook and a protected Twitter channel for the various family members out there.
We are Internet We are Teledandys We are Jellyfish We are isomorphic We are the wiki-cong We are in your computer networks, leaking bits and bytes of your government secrets! – from Do not let the Pentagon turn internets into Wikistan!