Hamlet nee Linden Au has an "independent" blog now, though the Lindens continue to fete him with a special dedicated thread in the forums in their Linden forums above the fold, where he now can dominate eyeballage with his SLURLage patronizing his pals -- links directly to their businesses, properties, events helping them with traffic and RL income from dollars. It wouldn't be accurate to call this SLURLola, because unlike the old radio payola on the top 40, where record companies paid to have their records spinned, nobody probably has to pay Hamlet to pick their lot -- but he just "knows" which ones to fete. It's an inborn or inbred instinct that comes from being FIC or FICtropic.
True to form, once independent and free of having to at least go through the motions of being fair or accurate or unbiased in the interests of the wider clientele of Second Life, he's taken the low road and gone with the tekkie-wiki FICerati received wisdom on the Bush thing, which is -- the Bush guy is ok, he's both anti-American and anti-war (extreme left); he's all about the free market in advertising on billboards (extreme right); he's all about land market freedom to set any prices on any lot at any time for any reason (extreme right); he's all about freedom of expression without regulation (extreme right or extreme left); he's all about doing what-the-fuck-I-want-on-my-property (right-left-American isolationism/America firstism). These are all the sentiments of the FIC and its internal wings, and any arguments from the liberal notion of "my right to swing my first ends at your nose" or practical considerations about spamming, devaluation of land, etc. from what we might call "the radical middle" or the vast majority of property owners in SL, well, they can be damned.
A businessman also permabanned from the forums but still inworld (there are a tiny number of us evidently) IM'd me and told me that "Hamlet has proclaimed the Bush Guy won". I wouldn't say that was an entirely accurate portrayal of Hamlet's piece. But Hamlet himself gives not a fuck about the Bush guy, but enjoys sticking it to people he views as uncool and bourgeois enough to wish to have property that is unmolested or devalued by hideous views. Hamlet never really lived in the world -- he kinda parachuted around looking for copy.
Anyway, here's what Hamlet erases from his blog, that I posted in both correction and protest to his piece. As you can see, there's nothing "TOS worthy here," no hate, no personal attacks, no nothing. It's just that Hamlet doesn't like me and removes my posts lol. It was harder for him to get away with that within the context of LL because I could say, hey, unfair. But now Hamlet, who out-FICs the FIC and out-Lindens the Lindens, has erased even factual corrections of his misportrayal of my important, even if not very publicized, campaign against the sign extortionist Lazarus Divine:
POST REMOVED FROM HAMLET'S BLOG
Hamlet, I didn't gather "36 signatures" -- I gathered hundreds. I just merely sent one sample card that only happened to have 36 on it. We never made some systematic effort to impress anyone with numbers; the point was just to keep them coming to Philip Linden in particular, since his concept of "free and open" is one we share, and we find that hindering people's view with large, ugly, intimidating, hectoring signs, devaluing their property, spamming them, and extorting them to buy their view back is the antithesis of "open".
Many cling to the glorious revolutionary Lindenor past iconic moment of the prim tax revolt. But that was in a tiny population, able to constantly communicate with each other, and a very homogenous group at that -- on a real no-brainer issue.
Today, there's no reliable way to access any "125,000" people -- which in any event isn't really accurate as a figure for this community. 20,000 a day log on. 5 percent read the forums. So if at any one 4-hour session, there are 4500 logged on, then a few hundred petitions then begins to seem like a far more important statement.
There's no mass media within the world of SL itself; the society is atomized in many ways; in fact "civil society" as such is only in its rudimentary forms there. I wouldn't expect a petition campaign to be some wild success; I'm impressed that so many people so fervently became involved in drafting this text, taking the risk to sign it, and repeatedly meeting for demonstrations and confronting the signster.
There's one rather important correction to make. He isn't called the "Impeach Bush Guy". Not at all. In the vernacular -- just check the forums, the Herald, and any other watering hole -- he's called simply "the Bush Guy". Let the record show that the guy who came to try to attract attention to Bush's bloody adventures abroad ended up being called "the Bush guy", the opposite of his cause. Serves him right.