WE DON’T HAVE TO MAKE THIS SHIT UP: KATHERINE MANAAN BANNED FROM FACEBOOK FOR 24 HOURS FOR POSTING ICONIC VIETNAM WAR IMAGE
There’s a sinking feeling in the Executive Suite here at The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork that Facebook is just a means by which the corporate powers that be can keep track of the proletariat. After reading that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was entering the political influence game by offering aid and comfort to both side of the two party system in the United States as well as supporting the search for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Keystone XL pipeline I have to admit there was a moment of eye rolling. I was reminded of a conversation that I had with Fred Schwartz and Cavalor a few weeks ago. Someone mentioned Facebook in the meeting as being “at the pinnacle of social media and will be for a long time to come.” Cavalor laughed so hard it shook the walls in the conference room. Schawrtz shook his head and said to the young female demon on his research staff who was truly confused. “Are you searching with Veronica?” She replied, “No.” “Are you still on MySpace?” She said, “No.” “Then what makes anyone who heard what you just said think that in 15 years we’ll still be talking about Facebook?”
The silence in the room was proof enough.
Katherine Manaan who is the genius behind Middle Aged Woman Talking was banned from Facebook for 24 hours. Now I know your wondering why this rises to the level of something that needs to be discussed in the newspaper of record in Hell. The reason is she was banned for posting this photograph showing Phan Thi Kim Phuc when she was nine and the subject of a Pulitzer Prize winning snap as she ran burning and scarred from a napalm attack on her village by South Vietnamese forces in the late spring of 1972 side by side whith her now as an activist speaking on behalf of children wounded in war:
Facebook felt that this photograph violated its community standards. However you can find on Facebook numerous pages as Ms Manaan has stated that glorify rape as well as many that glorify bigotry, intolerance, homophobia and a long list of other social ills. This was a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph 40 years ago and quite possibly the most recognized image of the war along with the assassination of Nguyễn Văn Lém and the self immolation of Buddhist monk Thich Quan Duc in Saigon in 1963.
It wasn’t just Facebook that appears to have had a hissy fit about the photo for reasons that still aren’t clear. Readers of Manaan’s blog who for the most part are the smart cool kids in the classroom were astonished I sure to hear that a reader sent Katherine an email saying the picture disturbed her. Ms Manaan is likely correct in the assumption that this woman is the person who complained to Facebook’s Gestapo. To this person I say there are many many things that disturb me but inlike those in the very short First Life I can wait until you’re down here with me to tell you what I think of you.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
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