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Vuktor, Vooktoria

Chris Farmer RSS / 19.07.2011. u 18:45

Clearly this is just not my week.

I really just wanted to mind my own business and get on with the summer, but then Vuk Jeremic decides he wants to censor the social media. I mean - come on, people! - how can this just be glossed over in passing?

I was supposed to be writing about the heat and my first trip to the beach at Ada (in a suit no less - don't ask). I was supposed to be returning to my old curmudgeonly self after having offended at least half the country because of my stance on the Novakiada (and can we please not start it up again?). But then two things happened in rapid succession which threw a government-sized wrench in the works.

One was Vuk and the other was "Vook."

In a piece I submitted to Politika, a reference to Vuk Jeremic as the "Kindergartener of Foreign Affairs" was unceremoniously excised. And because they were standing side by side, a reference to Tadic was also removed although I only called him "the Chief." Isn't he?

The context was their presence at the Djokovic Victory Dance in London and its attendant fanfare back here. But apparently I am not allowed to mention our fearless leaders in a piece which might by some standards be construed as Irony or Satire.

Maybe I should have labeled it as such: "The following is funny."

We seem to have a very low tolerance for satire these days. Incident number two came when a Twitterer (a real word, look it up) created an account called @vookjeremic on Twitter and began posting satirical comments.

Without going into the detail of what was said (it can be googled until Vuk disconnects Serbia's Internet out of spite), the upshot was the announcement that the Serbian Foreign Minister asked for Twitter profiles to be investigated. He wants to ban people who impersonate government officials. Perhaps he did not notice, but the name was not spelled identically to his. And he is further identifying himself as Sponge Bob.

This strikes me as a very poor job of impersonation...

Satire has long been a tool of writers who wish to draw attention to problems in a way that people readily understand. Jonathon Swift in his "Modest Proposal" (from 1729) did not REALLY think that eating Irish babies would end hunger. Nor did anyone slap his wrists for suggesting such.

The problem is that we take ourselves much, much too seriously. If anyone decided to call me out on anything I have said or done which bugs them - and readers of this blog never hesitate to do so - then I should take it in stride, learn something from it. Maybe even laugh a little at myself. The last thing to do is to wage war against anyone who believes differently from me. If no one did, how boring would THAT be to read?

Among the things that are against the law, poor taste, bad judgment, and not-being-funny are not yet listed. And if Vuk believes that any of those things have been violated, then he should join the conversation and dispel them.

Otherwise, Vook, man up a little.

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jednatanja jednatanja 19:26 19.07.2011

May

help a little....
AlexDunja AlexDunja 20:50 19.07.2011

Re: May

help a little more,,,


Twitterer ...am I?
unpronounceable

( like federer)
Jelena Pavlović Jelena Pavlović 21:49 19.07.2011

Wow!

Vook the tweeter and Vuk the twitter like tweedledee and tweedledum. The country and the whole world are on the verge of economic collapse,yet Vuk the dum-de- tweedle is concerned about his tarnished image:)
Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 21:53 19.07.2011

Re: Wow!

Jelena Pavlović
Vook the tweeter and Vuk the twitter like tweedledee and tweedledum. The country and the whole world are on the verge of economic collapse,yet Vuk the dum-de- tweedle is concerned about his tarnished image:)


I am glad that we have the priorities in good order.

[@vuk - That was "sarcasm"]
Filip2412 Filip2412 22:05 19.07.2011

...

Come on Chris, Internet was already raped by much bigger players than Jeremic.... leave that little bureaucrat alone, he's insignificant

So much about freedom of speech on twitter:
Icelandic Parliamentarian Calls U.S. Subpoena of Her Twitter Account over WikiLeaks Involvement "Disturbing"

Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 22:52 19.07.2011

Re: ...

Filip2412
Come on Chris, Internet was already raped by much bigger players than Jeremic.... leave that little bureaucrat alone, he's insignificant


Sadly he has the power to make significantly boneheaded moves. I think we cannot leave him alone (i.e., without a sitter) for extended periods.

So much about freedom of speech on twitter:
Icelandic Parliamentarian Calls U.S. Subpoena of Her Twitter Account over WikiLeaks Involvement "Disturbing"


Disturbing, yes. But not unexpected. The US has dispensed with the notions of privacy and civil rights of individuals under the flag of anti-terrorism. It is more than disturbing, Iceland, it is frightening. I sincerely hope they do not comply.
duchesse duchesse 22:07 19.07.2011

Bingo

The problem is that we take ourselves much, much too seriously

Typical of immature people and societies.
Otherwise, Vook, man up a little.

He cannot. How cruel of you to expect him to do something that surpasses his abilities.
Oh and only now did I realize you wrote that piece on Novak. Haven't read it yet but I'm sure I'll enjoy it.
freehand freehand 22:18 19.07.2011

Eh, taj Vook..

Stvarno znate šta pričate?
maksa83 maksa83 22:28 19.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

freehand
Stvarno znate šta pričate?

Pardon maj frenč, rekao bih da dej dont nou šit.
freehand freehand 23:00 19.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

maksa83
freehand
Stvarno znate šta pričate?

Pardon maj frenč, rekao bih da dej dont nou šit.


This is what I wanted to say.


Bad linked and lost in translation, poor me.
Filip2412 Filip2412 23:20 19.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

This is what I wanted to say.


this is how it works
freehand freehand 23:23 19.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

Filip2412
This is what I wanted to say.


this is how it works

You really think Vook went so far?!
Oh my goodness!
AlexDunja AlexDunja 23:28 19.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

You really think Vook went so far?!
Oh my goodness!

vook se zezao,
alli oni koji stoje iza vuka nisu
neozbiljni.

bojim se da ti jesi. (neozbiljan)
ivon.i ivon.i 23:53 19.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

freehand
23:18 19.07.2011 / *novo
Eh, taj Vook..
Stvarno znate šta pričate?



freehand freehand 00:57 20.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

bojim se da ti jesi. (neozbiljan)

Hvala Bogu da postoje Korektori!
AlexDunja AlexDunja 01:04 20.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

Hvala Bogu da postoje Korektori!

volela bih da mi kažeš gde si video
korekciju.

ako ne želiš, meni ok:)
freehand freehand 01:08 20.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

AlexDunja
Hvala Bogu da postoje Korektori!

volela bih da mi kažeš gde si video
korekciju.

ako ne želiš, meni ok:)

Pa meni tvoj prethodni post deluje kao poziv da korigujem svoj (neozbiljni) stav i pristup.
Mada, ako su oni koji su iza vooka ozbiljni - radostan sam da nismo isti.
Filip2412 Filip2412 01:19 20.07.2011

Re: Eh, taj Vook..

tyson tyson 05:57 20.07.2011

;->

The context was their presence at the Djokovic Victory Dance in London and its attendant fanfare back here. But apparently I am not allowed to mention our fearless leaders in a piece which might by some standards be construed as Irony or Satire.

Maybe I should have labeled it as such: "The following is funny."

We're living in the Age of Internet; it's enough just to put a winking smiley emoticon after the sarcastic sentence, and everybody will know how to read it.

Apparently, people just cannot rad anything anymore if there are no emoticons inserted in the text to signal that something is funny, satirical, od sad.

Social media: pay attention to the word media; as such they are not and should not be exempt of censorship, in general, like any other media.

As for Vook, he's a moron. But I don't blame him; I blame The Chief who created him, raised him up, and unfortunately put him - knowing all the time that he's a, well, moron - in charge of that ministry.



Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 11:02 20.07.2011

Re: ;->

tyson
Apparently, people just cannot rad anything anymore if there are no emoticons inserted in the text to signal that something is funny, satirical, od sad.





Social media: pay attention to the word media; as such they are not and should not be exempt of censorship, in general, like any other media.


Indeed. And the censors are generally unable to do anything other than make themselves look foolish for trying.
tyson tyson 15:54 20.07.2011

Re: ;->

Social media: pay attention to the word media; as such they are not and should not be exempt of censorship, in general, like any other media.
Indeed. And the censors are generally unable to do anything other than make themselves look foolish for trying.

Haha, I knew you are going to jump at that word (censorship); what I meant is more like regulations, rules, like in any other media. Internet long ago lost its aura of unlimited freedom (anarchy?), actually since it became so important. It would be naive to expect rules, regulations and laws are not going to be applied there, ever.

We can laugh at Vook because of his motives and because he is one funny looking creature, but what he did should not be seen as something unthinkable of or, I don't know, something that in general should not have been expected, coming from him or somebody else, doesn't matter. As I said (actually you said that first), Tweeter is a media, so whatever rules apply for other media will apply and are applicable there too. So, no unlimited freedom of expression, inclusing sarcasm or/and satire, there - or on many other places on the internet as the matter of the fact. Expecting anything else is a bit childish and naive, if you ask me. But, it's only me, and who am I to judge.







Bili Piton Bili Piton 14:48 20.07.2011

Wooche, Wooche


ur so fckn vain dude....


Chris Farmer Chris Farmer 14:54 20.07.2011

Re: Wooche, Wooche

Bili Piton

ur so fckn vain dude....



Probably thinks the song is about him...
duchesse duchesse 17:21 20.07.2011

Re: Wooche, Wooche



Usta su mu snažna
Duša mu je drumska
Obećanja lažna
A ćud mu je šumska
... Wooche, Wooche bubo leeenjaaaa
maksa83 maksa83 16:33 20.07.2011

favorite funny fakes


The Secret Diary of Bill Gates

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs


People with no sense of humor should never become public figures.

“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.”

Bill Gates Last Day At Microsoft

4krofnica 4krofnica 09:10 21.07.2011

Re: favorite funny fakes


The Secret Diary + Bill Gates Last Day


:)))))
ah, sweet morning laughter. tnx.

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