Big (Little) Brother Is Watching You
A few weeks ago, I stopped in to see what had been happening in the land of bubbles. I decided to write and post an inquiry, "What's the Word Here at Bubblews?"
It seems that when "Bubblews" is in the title, there are more who read and comment. People are curious, when it comes to the state of affairs at the site. I have received a fair amount of comments there. I try to respond to all as a courtesy.
I did receive a comment from the site's Marketing Director, Barrett "Bear" Barnes, stating: "We are still here. Watching, reading and listening."
I chose not to respond, because I tend to over-react to him, annoyed by his presentation of self in his biography and how he comments. I do not know why he bothers me so. Perhaps, there is something in him that I see in myself?
Today, I stopped back in to see if I had missed anything, and I began to reread the comments on that particular post. I came across his unanswered comment and a response that was not so steeped in annoyance at him came to mind.
"(*laughs*) Sounds like the NSA today. And those back in the day who were looking to identify Communists here in the USA. And the Stasi in East Germany."
I thought it a brilliant comeback response (if I do say so myself), which I needed to share. (Is this what I see in myself that I do not like in him?)
As I reread my comment, I could not help but wonder about the modicum of truth. I did not intend to compare them, but simply made that observation of his word choice and was trying to be funny.
Yet, I am reminded of the stories of people speaking out and having their comments, articles, and profile pages deleted. Some have shared that the reasons cited were for "unfairness" and "disrespect" of those in power at the site.
It certainly reminds me of the stories I have heard from friends who were living on the wrong side of Berlin when WWII was over, or born before the Berlin Wall came down. Stories that were reality.
I have read countless tales of those who were in this country and being spied on for Communist ties. I grew up during the Cold War, raised by people who lived during the wars with Germany, Japan and Korea. I remember the drills in elementary school to prepare us for if or when the USSR was to "push the red button." We were taught to be uber-sensitive to wrong-doings and blow the whistle when we saw suspicious activity.
Of course, I would see Bear's comment and come up with the response I did. I do not, however, believe that they are looking for violations of their rules of acceptable interaction and word choice.
But I do find it a curious choice. Just as they might find my response to be just as curious, if they do not jump to conclusions that I should be quieted. I am not too worried about it, either way.
Or, maybe, I should be?
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