Beginning of the end, or a new era, one of the two

I just discovered that LiveJournal has updated its terms of service. It’s a little confusing, since there is still an American operation that handles something (I couldn’t quite grasp what), but the new TOS specifically states that it aligns with the laws of the Russian Federation. OK, whiny American, everyone else has had to put up with American laws, but he can’t take it, huh. Well, have you read any American news lately related to Russians and our election last year? Maybe if it was a different country, but I’m a bit tentative about Russia.

But that’s not the biggest thing. The biggest thing may be the clause that says that I must “Mark Content estimated by Russian legislation as inappropriate for children (0 −18) as ‘adult material’ by using Service functions.”

You know what’s adult material over there? Any mention of LGBTQ (etc.) things in a positive or neutral light. If I ever wrote anything sexual, that would be one thing. But I don’t, and anything that’s just newsy or supportive is not deserving of censorship. If that’s the rules now, then I’m out.

LJ set it up so that users must accept the TOS in order to even see their journal, so I gritted my teeth and did so. This allowed me to transfer the last year’s worth of posts to WordPress, so everything is now here. I still need to move some photos so they’re hosted somewhere besides LJ. I will work on that in the next few days.

So, here I am. It should work out fine, no?


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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