Monday, September 16, 2002

Amusing confusion

From the petition: It is a sin and a shame that FanFiction.Net chose to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 and the spirit of democracy with communism.

Communism? Please. I offer you the following definition from the Oxford English Dictionary: A theory which advocates a state of society in which there should be no private ownership, all property being vested in the community and labour organized for the common benefit of all members; the professed principle being that each should work according to his capacity, and receive according to his wants.

The OED also offers this second definition: Community of feeling; the spirit of a community. rare.

Methinks the petition writers have got it backwards, given that is private property. In true communism, private ownership does not exist and the site has never been a democracy in the first place. And theoretically, (inherent flaws in the communist experiment aside - and I'd argue not even China is truly as communist as we think it is, but that's a blog for another day), doesn't even qualify as communism because the only part of the definition of communism that even fits is the part about "for the common benefit of all members" - ie the fanfic community, but really, it's Xing who's doing all the work and given that, there's nothing communist at all about


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