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Monday, November 20, 2006

Something Positive

Now that we're just a few days ahead of the Agudah 'blogosium', perhaps there's someone out there who thinks "that Leapa - all he does is criticize! If he doesn't want Rabbi Wachsman & Co to ban blogs, let him think of a positive solution . . . "

OK. These ideas won't be popular among my fellow bloggers - but they sure are a good litmus test for our community's willingness to move forward and encounter the future in some way, shape or form.

Solution #
  1. A vaad of bloggers, perhaps with Rov at their head, to approve halachically and hashkafically kosher blogs with a seal (yeah, fellow bloggers, I said you wouldn't like this, and you may like the next ones even less - but let's show we are reasonable and committed to yiddishkeit).
  2. A kosher, supervised version of Blogger.
  3. A signed undertaking by all agreeing bloggers to meet certain requirements, and edit their comments meeting a certain standard.
  4. An index of 'kosher' blogs.
  5. Agreeing blogs will give a Rov their password for editing, again with a seal. (Yes, having personal experience with mindless editing in 'kosher' print in the past, this is a particularly rough one for me).
  6. For Hamodia, JO, or Yated to start or sponsor a blog or group of blogs.
Readers, if you have any more ideas, please be my guest and I'll put them in.

The gauntlet is down.



Anonymous deerson said...

Rabbi Lipschutz already has a blogsite. but just as an aside why in the world would you want to legislate morality?

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am sure this is only satire.

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this ia new one.Plumbas for blogs.

3:40 PM  
Blogger TheProf said...

Leapa, you can't really be serious. But for tongue in cheek, that was pretty good. Basically and with a keen sense of reality, there is no solution to the blog issue. The problem bloggers obviously will not agree with this and I don't think the "kosher" bloggers will either. After all, the "kosher" bloggers are "daas baal habayis", which we know in our current generation should be venerated on a par with Daas Torah (can you see my tongue?). The only viable solution is exactly what the Agudah is doing this coming weekend, publizing the issue and meeting it head-on. The result will be that the frum oilam will recognize the garbage blogs for what they are. And in this case, I think that Bnai Yisroel will exhibit the age-old concept of bnei niviyim and self-regulate access to only the "kosher" blogs.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Leapa said...

Meeting the issue head on is great.

But if you're going to prohibit the way North Korea does the internet, why not edit the way Saudi Arabia does first?

And I'm hopeful that the word chinuch will at least be mentioned.

Incidentally, I'm thankful for my friends who save me from myself.

2:06 PM  

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