Friday, February 27, 2015

Most Illogical

I'm working on some more movie-related material for future posts and was hoping to have ready to roll for today.  However, not only do I not feel ready to go with it yet, but after another stressful week at work has left me too exhausted for anything other than a brief update. Obviously, I couldn't let today pass without noting the death of Leonard Nimoy who, as Mr Spock, was a huge part of my childhood and, indeed, a huge influence on me.  The older I get, the more I admire Spock's devotion to basing his decisions upon logic rather than emotion.  An admirable trait which many of the people I'm forced to interact with on a daily basis would do well to emulate.  In fact, a greater application of logic on the part of politicians, journalists, the police and others would benefit is all greatly - all too often they rely upon crude emotional appeals in order to influence people, instead of constructing good, logical, sound arguments.  Increasingly, I try to follow Spock's example and attempt to eliminate emotion and sentimentality when making important decisions, or assessing situations.  It's done me a power of good.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm glad to see that Google has backed down over its proposals to make any blogs on its Blogger platform which it considers to be 'pornographic' private and viewable by invitation only.  Whilst I doubt very much that this blog would have been affected, Google seemed pretty vague as to what constituted 'pornographic content'.  Although all their public statements focused on nudity in photos and videos posted on blogs, they wouldn't give a straight answer as to whether 'erotic' written content would be censored.   As sites with such allegedly 'explicit' and 'offensive' content were already labelled 'adult' and placed behind warning pages, it's difficult to see what Google were trying to achieve with this move.  If it had gone ahead then many sites which weren't pornographic but included images containing nudity - such as those reviewing classic exploitation films, for instance - would have effectively been banned.  Which would have been a travesty.  But, Google being Google, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't try to resurrect this idea in some form or other further down the line.



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