And Jesus said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his [accomplishments]." And he told them a parable, saying, "The [mind] of a rich [wo]man produced plentifully, and [s]he thought to [her]self, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my [thoughts]?' And [s]he said, 'I will do this: I will tear down my [blog] and build [a more accomplished one], and there I will store all my [thoughts] and my [writings]. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample [publications and a great reputation]; relax, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to [her], 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God."

Friday, July 1, 2011

Some thoughts on Cleveland's Scene Magazine

The most recent issue of Cleveland-based Scene Magazine is first disappointing then, upon further thought, upsetting. As if the deliberate name calling wasn't bad enough, Kyle Swenson's unabashedly slanderous article reeks of unprofessionalism.

Defamation aside (because you can only read a word like "pervert" one way), I take issue with the stone Mr Swenson has cast. I hardly think it's fair to run an article decrying a man's "skeevy" behavior only to follow it with an entire page of "guys night out" adverts. I agree that filming a woman showering without obtaining her consent is wrong -- but scratch my head as to what would make paying for the same "service" at a Gentleman's Club any less "perverse." Are they not both driven by the same impulse?

I'm not interested in debating ethical avenues of voyeurism, but I hope my point is clear: The editors and writers at Scene magazine forfeit their right to be a "moral barometer" when they run slander and pornographic ads. As for Ms Krancevic, I mourn what has happened to her and desire to see justice served for the crimes against her. But next time, I would take more care when selecting a couch to sleep on and a magazine to appear in.

I guess I should have known better than to expect great reporting from a magazine who prides themselves on quality blogs like Kid Who Farted on Bus Gets Web Redemption.

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