Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Deafread.com Silences a Strong Deaf Voice- My Response

IF THERE IS ONE THING I CANNOT STAND IT IS HYPOCRISY. A STRONG, OUTSPOKEN YOUNG DEAF WOMAN WITH SO MUCH TO TEACH, WHO IS WILLING TO LISTEN TO THE DEAF COMMUNITY HAS JUST BEEN...SILENCED BY DEAFREAD.COM. RACHEL'S BLOG STIMULATES DIALOGUE, ENCOURAGES REFLECTION OF DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES, ASSERTS A CHOICE IN DEAFNESS WITH A PASSION AND EDUCATES NOT ONLY A GROWING POPULATION OF CI WEARERS, BUT A LIBERAL, OPEN-MINDED SEGMENT OF THE DEAF COMMUNITY WILLING TO LISTEN TO A NEW SURGE OF DEAF INDIVIDUALS SCREAMING FOR THEIR RIGHT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS PART OF THE DEAF COMMUNITY DESPITE WEARING A CI.

*BTW, I AM SCREAMING*

ARE YOU LISTENING, REALLY LISTENING TO WHAT HAS JUST HAPPENED? CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES AND HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATIVE BLOGS RACHEL AND ELIZABETH POST...

ALTHOUGH, MAYBE THAT'S THE POINT.

21 comments:

elizabeth said...

Thank you, Jodi, for always being such a strong supporter!

K.L. said...

DeafRead has gotten a lot less inclusive. Paula has removed her blog, Paotie has too. Mike McConnell is also gone, among others. And the net result is that DeafRead is a very boring place without nearly as much relevence as it had. Everyone loses. The DeafRead editors should be ashamed of themselves.

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

My pleasure, or not, in this case *pissed off* Jodi

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

K.L....it does seem to be heading down the tubes, why is it so difficult to accept diversity?

Valerie said...

Go ATT Relay!

I am reflecting on what I am going to post. Your not the only one pissed off.

Valerie

Val said...

I have my favs bookmarked anyway. It's only like 60 but most are not from Deafread anyway. They are one I stumbled upon from other bloggers.

K.L. said...

I see that this post made it to the main page, but your last post explaining Rachel's response only made it to the "extras" page.

Mike McConnell said...

Bravo, Jodi! And for shouting, too.

As one famously captured closed captioned words of a tv show I took from my camera on a whim without realizing it some 17 years ago:

"In one ear out the rubber."

I still have that picture.

OCDAC said...

Take it to http://www.hear-for-life.org you'll get good exposure from people like yourselof than the absolutists that seem to have made deafread their home.

Abbie said...

UGH! This is so wrong and unsubstantiated. I am not a happy camper with this decision to remove Rachel from Deafread. I'm downright pissed!!!

OCDAC said...

You can learn more about Tayler's brazen hypocrisy at the new http://www.hear-for-life.org/news.htm page I uploaded this morning.

Paula Rosenthal said...

Way to go, Jodi! :) Here's what I had to say about all this over at Cochlear Implant Online...

A few more thoughts from me…

~ Perhaps DeafRead editors felt Rachel posed a threat - hers and Elizabeth’s blog posts are hugely informative, interesting and worst of all, appealling to a young audience in addition to the deaf/hoh masses.

~ Does Jamie Berke reveal what her earnings are on her commercial About.com site with tremendous pageviews and multiple advertisers? Advertising revenues, anyone?

~ HearingExchange has had a HearingExchange Shop for several years. Any and all revenue goes back to support the upkeep of the site, plus my own financial contributions. This is so I don’t have to paste ads all over the site or feel beholden to any sponsors. How come DeafRead didn’t boot me based on my commercialism?

~ Kim, thanks for your support. I wish Mike was still blogging too, he made such wonderful sense and his humor was fabulous. (Are you reading this, Mike? )

~ I left DeafRead for many reasons. The atmosphere was thick with hate, everything was a controversy, egos were swollen and it became way too time consuming to deal with it all. I may have had more readers and I certainly made many great acquaintances, but the price was ultimately too high for me. I walked away knowing that there was life before DR and that there would be life after DR.

Rachel, Elizabeth, Val, Jodi, Paotie and anyone I may have left out, concentrate less on DR, continue your blogs, keep your integrity, fill us with your information and experiences. If you blog it, I will come and so will many others who appreciate the value of what you do.

Jennifer said...

I can hear you all the way over here, Jodi...you tell it like it is, dear!

Anonymous said...

anna s says:

anyone interested in creating a new d/hh aggregator that welcomes ALL kinds of deaf people and perspectives?

i had enough of deafread several weeks ago. whattayler did is exactly why i have ceased from reading and commenting as much as i would have liked.

new aggregator anyone??????

anna s
Deaf mom of Deaf CI son

dog food said...

*BTW, I AM SCREAMING*
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don't have to scream to make your point across.

makes you look silly, darlin.

obviously you can do without deafread; its borin, no good, inculsive, etc etc... makes me wonder why you care so much that DR is a Deaf domain; you got an entire world of hearing people out there.

Naomi said...

Dog food perhaps is not the fact that DR is a Deaf domain that is at issue but rather that one person or group of people can define what that is and who they deem suitable to represent their idea of of a Deaf domain.

Times are a changing, there are many out there that are deaf, have CIs and may or may not use ASL. So how is it that the DR editors consider themselves more worthy to decide who does or doesn't represent what it is to be deaf/Deaf, than anyone else?

Anonymous said...

ARGH!

AM I SCREAMIN'? YOU BETCHA.

LET'S HAVE A RALLY.

SCREAMIN'

GO,RACHEL,GO!

WE ARE WITH YOU.

I'M PISSED, DARLIN'

White Ghost

OCDAC said...

I have no problems with more aggregators popping them up. I even publicized in one of my videoblogs a new video blog aggregator www.signthis.tv that just sprouted up somewheres in England.

I expect to see to see more aggregators popping up in the next few weeks that'll make the deaf blogsphere sizzling hot this summer. (*laughing*)

dog food said...

i dunno, naomi; seems you are more worried that DR defines who you are. after all, they do reach a large audience and you do believe that they represent you somehow.

I'm not sure if i can be pissed at what they did to CI online; it has been proven that a huge majority of the viewers at DR are Deaf. You can see this by looking at the number of hits with Deaf centric blogs and nearly all Vlogs often get way more hits.

Where in the world could I find this part of the community online? that's the great thing about an implant; you can do well with a huge world of hearing people who want to hear you hear.

Like the Indians with their culture; i can't blame them for wanting to keep this part of Deafness sacred. It is a precious notion to know that a loss of a human function does not mean a loss of the human soul. There are many D/deaf people who need to believe this.

paula rosenthal said...

I posted this at Tales of a CI Gal and thought you might be interested. Just my two cents!

I have a completely different take than most on this Tayler/DR fiasco. His banning of Rachel's site was completely wrong, both in how he accomplished it and what his so called reasons were. Where I seem to differ from you and many other bloggers is that I don't think he or DR are worth the time, energy and publicity everyone is giving him/it.

He has proven time and again that he is not unbiased, nor is he rational or loyal to the many bloggers who keep his site hopping. He's loyal to Sprint or at the very least, uses Sprint as an excuse to boot a terrific cochlear implant blog.

He spends his time and efforts on creating ways to appease the culturally deaf community by his Deaf Extra, deafhood, ignore buttons and DeafSide issues. What has he ever done for oral or CI blogs? It is time for bloggers to wake up and realize there was a blogging life before DeafRead and there will be a blogging life and an audience after DeafRead should bloggers choose to leave the aggregator.

Anonymous said...

try http://signthis.tv - its similar to deaftv except that ALL material is accepted, features 24hr news,comment and entertainment- share video, just like youtube and watch hours of HD fullscreen 100% ASL/BSL content.