‘Art any more than a steward?’

subtitled thus:

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale? (Twelfth Night)

Allow me to introduce the non-Redditors amongst you to the Democratic People’s Republic of R/Literature.  When you get there, it sounds great, doesn’t it?

Welcome to /r/literature, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels. Discussions of literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, and critical theory are also welcome–strongly encouraged, even.

and yet, all this fancy aspirational stuff doesn’t really mean a thing.  Read the following from the bottom up.

BH Censorship.jpg
Note to u/DiggDejected: you are NOT Donald Trump, so why attempt to restrict my free and not-really-that-controversial-at-all speech?  In any event, ‘Mein Trumpf’ uses Twitter, not Reddit.  PS:  ‘YOU can still view and subscribe to my ass’ whilst I await your reply.

This is, in many ways, one of the reasons why I started blogging …

What caused a ban from r/literature, where I had been happily and constructively participating for a while now?

My deciding to link to my first analysis of the Ponytail Shakespeare project, it seems.

[I have also posted this elsewhere on reddit, btw.  Only one ban, at the time of writing …]

I’ll confess that I thought the word ‘priapic’ might have set a flag waving (for immature infants), but this doesn’t seem to be the case.  But if not that, then what, given that 24 hours earlier I’d already ‘advertised’ the project without problem?

In fact, look at this image of the initial post – note the upvotes and the replies …



Seems to me that there is an appetite for the project that u/DiggDejected isn’t interested in.  Fair enough – it’s their personal Trumpf Tower, I guess.

[edit] since posting this, my original post on r/literature has disappeared.  This isn’t Stalin’s Russia.  Or indeed Trumpf’s USA.  Deleting something doesn’t mean it never existed …

[second edit]  I’ve now been ‘muted’ by u/DiggDejected – presumably on the strength of this post –  which means I can’t contact any mods to challenge their decision for 3 days.  NOTE THERE HAS BEEN NO SUBSTANTIVE RESPONSE TO MY REQUEST FOR CLARIFICATION.


Democracy in action.

Certainly in the UK we are allowed the right to appeal.  Is r/literature based in North Korea, I am beginning to wonder … ?




Author: Boar's Head, Eastcheap

Hyperactive English Teacher and Tutor; Shakespeare-obsessed 'Villainous abominable misleader of youth'; 'old white-bearded Satan'; Friend of the Orangutan

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