Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Another Adirondack Community Forum is Dead

Several years ago our own Glens Falls Post Star had a community forum. They promised that citizens of the Adirondack North Country would have a place to discuss the news of the day and (god-forbid) provide feedback on the “news” paper’s reporting. It didn’t last long. Some forum posters demonstrated that the paper was editing its AP Newswire stories to lean just a little more to the right and others tossed out accusations that the paper was unfairly covering local elections (apparently also true considering their lack of coverage of independent parties so far in the coming election). Anyway, it wasn’t long before that forum was closed.Now, BlueMoo.net, the first ISP in the Adirondacks, the providers of the Adirondack Gold Pages, has closed its community forum and left this message:

Sorry, this message board is currently closed while I (once again) figure out what to do about a few topics (and people) that have become rather controversial [sic]. I have stated numerous times in the past that misuse of the board are grounds for the forum to be closed.

They may claim to be just “your hometown Internet Service Provider” but apparently they are also arbiters of good taste and censurers of “controversial” subjects. The sad part is that the forum, which we only recently joined but have followed for some time, was probably the largest gathering of people from the Ticonderoga area in one place in many years (probably since those Klan meetings in the 1920s – but that’s for another day). It was an opportunity to hear and be heard, and those opportunities are increasingly rare.

Shame on you BlueMoo – in case you were not aware, the world is filled with controversial issues no matter how much you would like us all to think happy thoughts and collective punishment is a medieval concept that has no place in the 21st century.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.




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