I think the song "So long, Farewell" from The Sound of Music is appropriate.....
And, well, it seems that the "slippery slope" that I predicted in my last post becoming a reality, and the latest victim is Rachel of CochlearImplantOnline. Rachel is one of the first children to be implanted with a CI, and has been thriving. She's a very outspoken, opinionated and extremely intelligent young lady who has been sharing her experiences and her blog is a gold mine of information for anyone interested in CI's, implanted children, AVT, deafness, and personal confidence. Unfortunately the fact that she's also a volunteer with the Cochlear Awareness Network (CAN) and even declared that she is back in April, has given cause for the DeafRead Gods to decide that she's a commercial enterprise who gets monetary gain from her blog (which is 100% incorrect!) and therefore was summarily removed from the DR blog aggregator without so much as a by-your-leave.
It seems that the DeafRead mods think that because CAN is affiliated with CochlearAmericas, she must be a paid lackey. Indeed, Taylor has even stated that because her blog promotes "awareness", such can be considered MARKETING (I kid you not - you can see his post in the replies on Anonymous Deaf Law Student's recent blog regarding this.)
Since I promote AWARENESS of many things regarding my CI experiences, the equipment I use, the knowledge I have gained from others and through my own adventures, I guess I too am "marketing" the Cochlear brand.
I don't feel I really need to post much else about the matter, as its stirred up a shitstorm (pardon my french, but there's no other way to describe the current conditions,) and it has been blogged to *perfection* on the following sites. I really couldn't say anything that hasn't already been said by these individuals, without echoing what they've posted, and making it sound like more of the same. To them I, I take my hat of and say, Well Done!!!
Living the Questions
Tales from a CI Gal
The ASL-Cochlear Implant Community
The Ambling Rambler
Patoie's Green Couch
Anonymous Deaf Law Student
Chronicles of a Bionic Woman
Sam Spritzer's blog
If you've written something about this subject and I've failed to include you, its not intentional. I'd love to know, and you're more than welcome to include blog links in the comments so everyone else can find you!
Koko - yes your devilish plan is working splendiferously!! *grin*
So to DeafRead I bid adieu. Please bookmark my blog, and you'll be able to find me easily enough.
Have a great summer's day!