Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 12:09 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y During the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Richard M. Stallman of the Free Software Foundation (and the Superfluous Introduction Award goes to...) gave a keynote speech. Said keynote speech raised a few eyebrows in the Free software community because of a number of questionable remarks regarding women in technology. David "Lefty" Schlesinger, member of the GNOME Advisory Board and active in the mobile open source community, took issue with RMS' remarks and decided to call him out on it. The response he got was... Less than satisfying.
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This piece stumbled on own logic it seems
by FreddyAV on Thu 9th Jul 2009 14:28 UTC
FreddyAV
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2009-07-09

I always find it funny/sad when people say/write things like:

This discussion is not about whether or not it's wrong to offend with jokes and humour - trust me, I am all for that. It keeps people sharp. I dislike the political correctness nonsense that's been travelling around the world these past few yeas. Still, there are times and places for such humour, and a serious technological conference is not one of them.

Basically: "I'm all for freedom of speech (in this case freedom of making fun of things), but not just in this setting/way (that I myself get to define/specify)."

Hmm... I wonder if that sentence could be repeated by the most sadistic and evil dictator one could dream up with out modification??? ;)

You are either for "such humour" being allowed or you are against it, you can't be 70% for it!! It just seems obvious to me but maybe I'm wrong?

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A totally different question is wheter one should be prepared to say one is sorry if some one gets hurt by ones comments and irrespective of if one feels one did something wrong or not. I'm just saying, it is possible to say one is sorry that someone got hurt with out admitting one was wrong. Or do you disagree?

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Third note: After having read the e-mail correspondence, the preceeding blog entry and this piece on OSnews I feel that this might well be the most biased thing I have ever read on OSnews in the two years I've come here more or less regularly. Calling someone asshole, come on! Maybe it is time for some self-reflection??


Oh yeah, I'm not really an Emacs virgin, I just really dislike it. ;)

Edited 2009-07-09 14:32 UTC

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