Oh my word, how did we get from blogs to gossip to guns? I take it that Mr. Steinhardt is not out there on the internet much with the younger folk, or a big fan of WikiLeaks, or "Anonymous," the vigilante hackers, but it’s a fact of life that those among us with delicate sensibilities may be be offended if they choose to go electronic. I myself am occasionally surprised by what my own grown children believe is acceptable public comment these days, but at bottom I trust in the First Amendment because, frankly, no better system has presented itself. “Gossip” and humor and the “telephone game” nature of information flow all existed well before the internet, perhaps even more so in the islands than elsewhere. I do not think that islanders, especially not the younger ones, are ready for Gossip Police.
At the same time, if you are going to complain about anonymous blogs on the internet, don’t wallow in generalities. For there to be a meaningful discussion of any topic, the participants need to know what they are discussing. It makes much more sense, if one has a complaint about a piece of “gossip,” to state what it is and why it’s wrong, or –if repeating what you consider gossip offends you-- just state your view of the facts and what supports that view. In this case, which blog is the writer referring to? Which story? Which facts are misrepresented there? What’s the real story?
Finally, I can understand why Mr. Steinhardt may not want guns in his own home, but bringing them into this discussion as if there were some connection between blog speech, gossip or humor and guns strikes me as just plain wrong.