John Ashcroft’s backwash is back on eBay after the auction site removed the listing, citing it’s “adult” content and suggesting it could only be sold in the “mature content” section of their site. I did not put it there. This is a glass that John Ashcroft once drank from, not a dildo.
This is starting to make me wonder how eBay’s consorship mechanism works, or if they have changed it to make it even less personal than it already was. I guess I have never tried to sell anything weird before, but it seems pretty ridiculous to me that any eBay employee could have thought that item had adult content in it. Was it a political move? Is there some Ashcroft ally sitting in an eBay cubicle farm somewhere (that seems hard to believe, since anyone who actually agrees with that guy probably does not use a computer).
It looks like eBay censorship not only affects those trying to peddle the saliva of a mad man, but also people who are just trying to have a conversation in the eBay forums. Now granted, Doc seems particularly angry at the auction giant, but I trust him (at least more than I trust eBay).
Now, I must correct a statement I made in an earlier post about eBay allowing Hitler memorabilia. Turns out, Nazi memorabilia is often banned from the site because of it’s offensive nature. In fact, a search of “ebay banned” on Google returns 3,900,000 hits. So this reignites a theory I had that eBay thinks John Ashcroft is such a despicable person that the selling of a glass he drank from is offensive to all the domestic spying and wiretapping victims or tortured prisoners in American custody. If this is the case, then at least eBay is consistent with their banning of offensive stuff. But somehow, I don’t think that’s the case.
If anything, I guess this is just a good lesson in why capitalist corporations cannot be trusted to hold public forums, whether that forum is for the sale of some Third Reich dinnerware or the spit of a U.S. Attourney General or conversation about how the capitalist organization sucks. eBay is all worried about their loss of auctions now that Craig’s List and a bunch of other startups have come along, yet their solution is not to make eBay better, but to continue censoring the hell out of everyone who uses the site in their cold, impersonal way that drives people batty.