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December 15th, 2008

NSID: Wasn't This About Freedom?

You might have heard about NSID by now and have read johnath's preamble to it's current invocation.

Now, since I read that post, I've been thinking if I should join that movement this year. After all, I also resonate with:
Quote of johnath:
[...] people everywhere who think ideas like "freedom" and "adventure" are more than just words. People who think that it is the duty of a responsible citizenry to resist injustice, and to throw off the shackles of polite society when they reach too far into our world, when they transgress too much.

But then, I don't usually shave off most of my facial hair anyway, they only thing I'm doing is confine it to a decent area and not let it grow too long overall, but that's it. I happened to do that on the last day of November, so it still sounded like I could at least take part in not even doing that in December. Doesn't look that different after 15 days that usually:

Image No. 20645

It feels somewhat different though ;-)

But then, I don't feel the kind of freedom I'd be supposed to. My pictures (OK, the one in this post is the first one) are not up on the NSID website, and no comments from me do appear there.

Why is that?

Let's just say I never came around to create a Flickr or twitter account, for whatever reasons. And then I thought if I should create those just for NSID - and started to wonder:
Is it the target of a "freedom" campaign to force you into using two special, proprietary services? How does vendor-lock-in fit with "throwing off the shackles" of anything, actually? If it's really about freedom, shouldn't I be free to decide where to publish my pictures and comments, just like the open web, email or the blogosphere allow us all to? Shouldn't I be able to decide to publish it on my own resources, without handing my credentials to some specific service out there?

Wasn't this all about some kind of freedom?

By KaiRo, at 15:40 | Tags: NSID | 1 comment | TrackBack: 0

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