Through the Looking Glass

Hello friends. I want to advise the readers/subscribers of this blog to save my email address if you don’t already have it. You can find it on my Contact page. There’s a strong chance I may move Museworthy to another host, or just archive it, or take a chance and write freely about a certain topic which could very well get this blog taken down. WordPress, this blog’s current platform, has recently engaged in purging actions that I simply cannot stomach; aggressive censorship of voices – women’s voices – which are, frankly, chilling. I can tolerate a great deal. Like everyone else, I’m able to hold my nose and accept some degree of the noise, madness, and ridiculousness which contaminate our time. But this recent issue with WordPress has pushed me over the edge. I apologize for being oblique, but I’m just trying to exercise caution until I figure out what to do. I want you all to know that I have, over these past couple of weeks, tried with great mental effort to move past this issue in my mind. But I can’t. The thought of continuing to blog here after what happened disturbs me to no end. Perhaps my feeling can still change, but I doubt it.

This month marked 40 years since the Jim Jones mass suicide in Guyana. I was ten years old at the time and remember my parents watching in horror the news reports on TV. A cable channel last week aired a documentary about the Jones cult and as I watched it all I could think about was the famous quote from Voltaire, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” I grieve for the 909 souls lost at Jonestown who died the most agonizing, horrific deaths from cyanide poisoning. The expression “drinking the Kool-Aid” has become part of our lexicon, and while those people should be acknowledged for the searching, hopeful individuals they were – however tragically misguided – the expression is as fitting and descriptive today as it’s ever been.

We have among us in our society, truly sinister figures. Orwellian manipulators, idolators, and Josef Mengeles. Gullible enablers repeating mantras, doublespeak, and talking points. Is no one capable of critical thinking anymore? The train is pulling into the station and we’re soon to arrive in Crazytown. I want to get off.

Portrait drawing of me by Jean Marcellino:

8 thoughts on “Through the Looking Glass

  1. Bill says:

    It’s a difficult situation — trying to be pragmatic while still following your principles. I think people will understand if you decide to take a couple of weeks off to sort things out, look at the pros and cons, and make some decisions. My one suggestion: if you do decide to leave, you’d certainly have nothing to lose by saying your piece on the way out the door.

    I know it’s tough, but I also know that you can make the right decision.

    • artmodel says:

      Bill,

      Thanks for the support and the practical advice. I’ve been thinking that I may try to communicate with WordPress and give them the opportunity to explain themselves. Something very strange is going on, and I’m not the only WordPress blogger to find this all rather disturbing. I’m trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, as they’ve been consistently excellent for so many years. We’ll see ….

      Again, thank you Bill!

      Claudia

  2. therese beck says:

    I like your post – wise words. greetings, tb

  3. Grier Horner says:

    I’m sorry WordPress is no longer a good fit for what you want to do with your blog. Please don’t quit writting “Museworthy”. There must be sites that would welcome having you.

    • artmodel says:

      Grier,

      Yes, I’ve been looking at other platforms, self-hosted blogs. etc. Importing the entirety of Museworthy to a new site might be tricky. I thought maybe I could just archive the original Museworthy and then start new blogging fresh on a new platform.

      Thanks so much for commenting and for your support!

      Claudia

  4. T Fife says:

    End it. Plenty of other places/venues/platforms you can use. We will follow you

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