Well, match.com has redeemed itself and hopefully this little literary soap opera is over for now. After my match.com profile was inactivated because I had listed Moby-Dick as one of my “books read,” I did my free speech rant (posted previously) and then relented a bit and renamed the book Moby-Richard on the site.
The profile remained in limbo, so I talked to a second customer service person who proved a little more competent and literate than the first one I’d spoken to. She proceeded to approve “Moby-Dick,” although I had to remove the URL nodepression.com, which is the great roots music e-zine. Apparently you can’t refer to any website, because redirecting a match.com customer to somewhere else on the Internet might lead them to something they deem offensive or inappropriate.
So where does that leave us? How close are we to Big Brother and “1984” or to the time when people need to memorize all books because they are being burned by a totalitarian government as immoral and subversive, as in Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel?
Well, you decide. But at least one popular social network is not completely ruled by moralistic automatons And I’ve often thought that some regulation of the increasingly moral chaos of the Internet is needed. Parents can use filters to protect their children, which is probably a good idea.