Yay, (possible) infighting and politics! Who's up for another scandal!
I, for one, am fascinated by group dynamics: how things shift and change, how power is gained and lost, bought and sold, how influences are traded and passed on, how the leaders govern and the followers follow, how dissent is coddled or squashed, by the overt actions and the secret moves...Utterly
fascinating. (One of the reasons I like reading about the Church.)
But really, w/r/t the above link, I'm suprised it took so long. During the bannergate fall-out, Geoff J and Adam Greenwood had an "exchange" about this very topic. Alas, I cannot find the post (it might be this one
, but I don't see it--if you know what I'm talking about, leave comment with the link, please). It was one of the only times I've complete disagreed with Geoff J. Good political stuff, involving questions of "social responsibility" and things like that. At the time I was going to post on it, but I was (am) lazy.
And again, about a month ago, when the MA switched around the boxes and some blogs got "promoted" and some got "demoted" and yadda yadda yadda...the social responsibility/group dynamics are interesting. I mean: as bloggers, what is our social responsibility to culture at large, and the bloggernacle in specific? Is there any? The MA seems to think there is.
The reason I'm posting this here is so I can add my comment, which would have to be edited to be posted elsewhere:
The Mormon Archipelago founding committee has come to the decision, over a period of months, that to have top-box status at ldsblogs.org a blog ought to display the MA logo above the fold. This seemed to us to be a fair reciprocation of the exposure that ldsblogs.org provides to the Bloggernacle. We understand that Times and Seasons are currently unwilling to do that.
Personally, I think this is a lame excuse (or "bullshit" in the Elwood Blues sense
). I mean, if the MA truly believed the above, right or wrong, they should have the balls to complete remove T&S from the MA, instead of being demoted. It's like leaving a 10% tip. (And it's a pretty weak attempt at blackmail, as Jim F. pointed out.) It makes the "MA committee" look kinda foolish. Just sayin'.