Computer geeks, Doctor Who fanatics and Red Dwarf fans have been up in arms over an entry posted to the controversial ‘Free Thoughts Blog‘ website.
The website, known for its outspoken commentary, featured a blog-post with the title, “You are not a character worth associating with,” which attracted complaints and comments from over a dozen visitors to the website.
The article showed graphic scenes of violence towards someone who wanted to build a snowman. The blog authors thought this was necessary to use the snowman symbol in ‘Unicode‘ (a character system used to display information on computer screens), to demonstrate that Dr Who’s use of snowmen was inappropriate, this upsetting computer geeks.
One user, known as Jon, was deeply offended by the post. “erm…. care to explain why the snowman, or those particular snowmen were not worth associating with Doctor Who?,” he said. “I thought it was a lovely Christmas episode.”
Another commentator, known as ‘Isamaknight,‘ said the analysis was totally wrong. “Actually I feel I should point out that the snowmen and ‘The Intelligence’ guiding them are in fact an extremely long ranged callback to ‘The Great Intelligence’ and the Yeti’s that the Second Doctor encountered lo those many years ago,” they said. “Though most of the episodes from that serial are sadly missing. They might not be as iconic as the Daleks or the Cybermen but they are tied into the series’ past.”
This is not the first time that the Free Thoughts Blog website has caused controversy. In 2008, a University of Minnesota Morris lecturer, Paul Z Myers, posted an article titled, “The Great Desecration,” In the article it showed how Paul Z Myers, who is an Atheist, had desecrated the Qu’ran. He explained: “I pierced it with a rusty nail (I hope Jesus’s tetanus shots are up to date). And then I simply threw it in the trash, followed by the classic, decorative items of trash cans everywhere, old coffee-grounds and a banana peel.” Rather disgustingly he then said, “My apologies to those who hoped for more, but the worst I can do is show my unconcerned contempt.”
Defending Paul Z Myer’s apparent hate against Islam, Peh Ng, the Professor and Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics at the University of Minnesota Morris, did nothing to curb Myers’s actions. “I have no jurisdiction over what Paul Myers wrote on his own personal blog,” they said. “Myers’ blog does NOT reside on university property and has no affiliation with the university.”
This latest incident shows how the Free Thoughts Blogs website has complete disregard for those who exist beyond it. Police officers investigating complaints against Myers said there was “no chance” of the junior lecturer being charged for his abusive comments and actions.