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Fri, 20 January 2012
In Russian version of Echo of Freedom, Radical Podcast (Эхо Свободы, Радикальный Подкаст) i have already discussed the issue of the selection of names and what it means politically and socially. But now i have come across a person who has called oneself Bodhislutva on Wikipedia for which one was banned from contributing to the project, and this has energised me to record this episode in English as well.
There are many things which we can learn from examining who, how, and to whom selects what names. Different cultures have done it differently historically and are doing it differently now, there are also quite strong lessons that can be learnt from looking at people refusing people their names and insisting that some incorrect name is actually their "real" name.
I don't make many suggestions or demands in this episode, mostly i am raising issues and asking questions based on the history. Due to that i would be glad if you leave your comments and let me know what you think.
Direct download: EchoOfFreedom_106_2012Jan20_Name.vorb.theo.ogv
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I actually have a friend who wants to change his name. Common sense indeed should dictate that your name is whatever the fuck you want it to be, but this friend of mine eventually got so desperate and fed up of having (by evil violent laws) to write his original unwanted appellation, that he's thinking of jumping through statist hoops to change it. Naturally I told them that dealing with the devil (the state) for even a second more than is absolutely necessary is a dirty waste of time, but it did get me to thinking about names. Technically speaking, anybody can call you (or not) whatever they want -- free speech, so although it's disgusting and pathetic that Wikipedia is so repressed and retarded, it is their right to be. Ideally, "wikipedia" would be hosted on a censorship tolerant medium, like Freenet, where we wouldn't have to worry about this kind of depressing nonsense. Currently it's broken by design. It's childishly censored. The issue is closely related to freedom of association. Wikipedia admins have "the right" to not associate with Bodhislutva, for whatever reason. The same goes for anyone else who might have an issue with another's arbitrary name. They have the right to not associate with them, or to call them Bob, etc. Nevertheless, the main point is, it's most probably a sign of incredible disrespect and xenophobia. Sad, indeed.