Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Amazon Conspiracy Theories!

From my favorite blog: Amazonfail update, now with delicious speculative theories via Smart Bitches, Trashy Books on 4/13/09

Apparently the dorks are backing down. Still, not backing down enough. They are a company and have the right to do any stupid thing they want, but, geeze, what a way to lose sales!

WTF were they THINKING? And did anybody bother to, oh, I dunno, TEST it?

Some theories from SBTB post:

ham-fisted cataloguing error
"an experiment that blew up in their face"
"books were likely filtered out using the metadata"
"LJer Dely comes up with two other plausible alternative theories, one involving trolls and another involving the systematic flagging of “adult” content by people with agendas. "

"The official word from Amazon, as far as we know, is still that it’s a “glitch,” which falls in line with Patrick Nielsen Hayden’s theory.: '...this is how the world works. A great deal of racism, homophobia, etc., happens not because anyone particularly wants to be racist or homophobic, but because the ground has been tilted that way by arrangements made long ago and if you’re not constantly on the lookout it’s easiest to roll downhill.'"

"bestiality hasn’t been filtered."

"But “Gay and Lesbian”? REALLY? This sort of blanket exception didn’t ding anybody’s radar? (And let’s not even go into the wisdom of implementing a policy to exclude “adult” content in first place, because I’m not sure my blood pressure can take it.)"

If nobody has noticed, I can't tell you how much I heart Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

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