First of all, I'm annoyed because Sofia spilled a large bottle of water on my copy of Josh Swiller's THE UNHEARD and it's been sitting on the radiator drying, so I haven't had a chance to continue reading...
Pa-oh-tie...I'm feeling oddly flirty today (also because the commenters are begging me to bring it on and I just bought a short skirt at the market!) despite the fact that your post was entitled, "Paotie to Pepsi *BURP*" "burp" is just NOT a sexy word. Although,
did seem to be highly appropriate for what went down yesterday.
And I must tell you...McConnell is wiping you off the floor with some hot vlogs and blogs...so get off the snowboard and get down to business. This song, a direct reflection of who I am -at least for today-...is for you...and White Ghost!
I think I may have to rename the blog "The SlackinPenguin Show:)"
Gotta give credit where credit is due...
You know Jodi, I found DeafRead only very recently and I thought that I had found THE PLACE for deaf folks to get together online and have some real discussions and make some real progress forward. I thought, "wow, this is freakin' awesome!"
Over the last week or two that I've been here, I've seen nothing (save a few, including you) but a nasty mob mentality...folks out for blood apparently culminating in threats of bodily harm? I've seen nothing but the same immaturity that I saw when I attended a deaf residential school.
What a shame! DeafRead could have been so much better. It could have been a place of intelligent discourse, a place where bright minds could meet to chat, share stories, share ideas about a better future for the deaf world....
...if only deaf people would grow up!
Audism? Racism? Hate of any kind? You ain't seen nothing 'til you've been to DeafRead.
I mean, a blogger throws out something and then suddenly it's "yeah, yeah...I hate...I hate...me too...I agree...I hate...I hate".
They don't even realize what fools they're making of themselves and they don't realize how hard their supposed "enemies" are laughing at them. They're also not realizing how much they're contributing to their cause. Take AGB, for instance, a hearing couple goes to them and says "we have a deaf child, what do we do? Should we teach him sign language and get him involved with the deaf community?" All AGB has to do is point at the deaf community who are screaming bloody murder all the time and say, "not unless you want your child to be like that...that's deaf culture for you".
All the best to you, Jodi, and your fellow bloggers who do try to make this a great place. May your positive influence eventually drown out all the negativity around here.
I must have nice deafread.com radar because I haven't seen the "out for blood" mentality, just a bunch of frustrated, pissed off radicals conglomerating in a couple of blogs.
Sending a fistsmack to Geo, Mishka, a Deaf Pundit and Jay for their support of Paula despite differing views, as well as all of the other commenters and bloggers.
However, the boycott AgBell thing is a little over my head. Writing letters like Aidan and others have done is more effective in raising the collective voice. Li-Li's Mom sent a letter protesting AgBell's letter to Pepsi...I am certain that AgBell got the message of discontent amidst the parents who incorporate ASL in their journey.
*BTW, meet LI-LI!!!!
Li-Li's mom Says:
February 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm
Hi DP — yes, you ARE making change for the better!!
I’m a member of both NAD and AGBell, and I wrote a strongly worded letter back to AGBell in response to the email I had received from them that encouraged its membership to write Pepsi and object to the ad. I explained my wholehearted support of the ad, and outlined why I felt that AGBell’s negative campaign violated their role as an agent of deaf advocacy and misrepresented a significant cohort of their membership.
I’ve not yet resigned, because I’m hoping that I can effect more change from within than from outside the organization, but I was astounded by how they approached this situation, furious at their objection to the ad, and am now looking at them very differently.
I’ve only gotten the following email response to my letter as of today, but look forward to seeing a summary of the feedback they’ve gotten in their next issue. Now might be a good time for those who haven’t yet written them directly to do so.
“Thank you for taking the time to send us your comments regarding AG Bell’s communication to the Pepsi Corporation about its recent Super Bowl commercial, “Bob’s House.” All comments received are appreciated as AG Bell encourages an open dialogue and the sharing of different perspectives on issues facing the deaf community.
Please look for a summary of feedback and comments in the next issue of AG Bell’s electronic newsletter, AG Bell Update.”
I am a big fan of "catching more flies with honey."
Oops...gotta go get my nails done...*just in case I need to pull out my claws*