Re: Off-topic: The Wonders of Technology

Subject: Re: Off-topic: The Wonders of Technology
From: Al Geist <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: Bonnie Granat <bgranat -at- granatedit -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 16:39:09 -0500

Then I apologize. I thought the thread was about the cartoon, and I couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. I see what the fuss is about now. It's not about the Holocaust at all, but about intellectual theft which is a concern to everyone on the web, including technical writers. I think that adding the Holocaust aspect clouded the issue, moving it into the emotional realm.


Bonnie Granat wrote:

I read your cartoon and was not offended by it. In fact, I read that cartoon and a number of other political/activist cartoons all the time. What bothered me was you being upset that someone in Iran linked to it,

I think you misunderstand, Al. They linked to a dialog box that I have on
one of my technical writing sample pages. They didn't ask my permission to
use my work on their site. I substituted the cartoon for my dialog box, only
because the site was in Iran and only because they effectively "stole" my
image of a dialog box, just like they are "stealing" images from other

In a way, I suppose it's silly, but I figured it was a great way to
"infiltrate" where who knows how many people believe the Holocaust is a
myth. This guy's page is quite popular, and my logs are filled with hits for
what was once a dialog box.
The point being, of course, that when you take someone else's property and
that person you took from changes the content of the property, you are
subject to their content. I anticipated over a year ago that he would take
another picture down that just talked about how humanity was just one single
family and we were all brothers and sisters, but they didn't even notice it
was there.

I figured that with the number of hits on that site, which sometimes clogs
my logs, I might actually accomplish something good by "infiltrating" the
site in this rather sneaky manner. One could say I'm not much better than he
is for sneaking in MY image. I suppose that's a valid point of view. But I
think that it's justified in the same way that baiting the Nigerian scammers
with lies is legitimate.

Bonnie Granat

and the assumption that they are Holocaust deniers.

I don't assume they are, but there are a number of people in that society
who definitely are. Their press will never show such a cartoon, that's for

(I can't
read Farsi so I don't have a clue if they are or aren't.)

It's a computer site. At the very least, those who aren't holocaust deniers
have good ammunition to use on those who are.

Would it be any
different if a site in South Africa, Pakistan, Fiji, Poland, Crawford, or Milwaukee linked to your server? However, the real problem is that this thread has nothing even remotely to do with technical writing. If you don't want them to link to your site, block them and move on.

It's not accepted to just take pictures from other sites, is it, Al? No,
it's not.
I did try blocking once, but for some reason it didn't work right.

Bonnie Granat


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