Archive for February, 2006

AlterNet: The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship (found via AlterNet) is an article by David Morris of Minnesota which provides the best commentary yet on the Danish Cartoon Furor.

Downes on Belam on BBCwebsite

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

This is a reference by Stephen Downes to a series of articles by Martin Belam on the organization of the BBC website (in which he was a participant)

MWU!: A Mountain Out of a Molehill Over Danish Cartoons

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Mona Eltahawi's article A Mountain Out of a Molehill Over Danish Cartoons provides a welcome breath of sanity.

Writing for the Web: The Limits of Satire

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Crawford Killlian blogs his Tyee article 'The Limits of Satire' on the Danish cartoon frenzy. I agree with most of what he says in general terms, but I am not sure that it fits the actual circumstances. The cartoons were not intended for an Islamic audience and were apparently commissioned to address the issue of […]

Eden and Evolution

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006

Eden and Evolution is an article by Shankar Vedantam in the Washington Post. It starts out with an irritatingly positive-sounding description of a young "Creation Science" biologist presenting a specious distortion of what she was supposed to be teaching (eg "No one has ever seen a dog turn into a cat in a laboratory." as […]

The Offending Cartoons

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Well, so far as I can tell from this image, the twelve cartoons (on the subject of fear of censorship and/or reprisals regarding representations of Mohammed) are as follows: One appears to be mocking the editor who commissioned the illustrations. It shows a beardless bespectacled nordic looking fellow in a turban with an orange or […]

French editor fired over cartoons

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

This BBC News article reports the firing of France Soir editor Jacques Lefranc by owner Raymond Lakah over the re-publication of cartoons originating in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten which "gave offense" to Muslims. But if Mohammed is not to be despised, then picturing him with a bomb-shaped turban is far less of an insult to him than […]

Innovate - Places to Go: Moodle

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Stephen Downes had an article on the 'Moodle' CMS in the Dec/Jan issue of the 'Innovate' journal of online education.

Downes on Sakai

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Stephen Downes has an article on the 'Sakai' CMS in the 'Innovate' journal of online education.