Just bought my ticket for Coheed's May 7th show in Chattanooga, the city I'm living in right now. I know you said you weren't gonna be making any southeast trips this year as far as you knew, but us Chatt-Rats still hope to see you along with Claudio, Travis and Josh.
I’m definitely doing this tour as well as the Iron Maiden run in July, but when/where/how is still to be determined. We’ll see! :)
One of the great things about Tumblr is that people use it for just about every conceivable kind of expression. People being people, though, that means that Tumblr sometimes gets used for things that are just wrong. We are deeply committed to supporting and defending our users’ freedom of speech, but we do draw some limits. As a company, we’ve decided that some specific kinds of content aren’t welcome on Tumblr. For example, we prohibit spam and identity theft.
Our Content Policy has not, until now, prohibited blogs that actively promote self-harm. These typically take the form of blogs that glorify or promote anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders; self-mutilation; or suicide. These are messages and points of view that we strongly oppose, and don’t want to be hosting. The question for us has been whether it’s better to (a) prohibit them, as a statement against the very ideas of self-harm that they are advancing, or (b) permit them to stay up, accompanied by a public service warning that directs readers to helplines run by organizations like the National Eating Disorders Association.
We are planning to post a new, revised Content Policy in the very near future, and we’d like to ask for input from the Tumblr community on this issue.
Here’s what we think the right answer is:
1. Implement a new policy against pro-self-harm blogs. Here’s draft language we are planning to add to our Content Policy:
Active Promotion of Self-Harm. Don’t post content that actively promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm. This includes content that urges or encourages readers to cut or mutilate themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, e.g., seek counseling or treatment for depression or other disorders. Online dialogue about these acts and conditions is incredibly important; this prohibition is intended to reach only those blogs that cross the line into active promotion or glorification. For example, joking that you need to starve yourself after Thanksgiving or that you wanted to kill yourself after a humiliating date is fine, but recommending techniques for self-starvation or self-mutilation is not.
We aim to begin implementing this policy next week. Of course, we will allow any affected blogs a grace period in which to edit or download your content.
2. Start showing PSAs on search results for related keywords. In addition, we plan to start posting “public service announcement”-style language whenever users search for tags that typically go along with pro-self-harm blogs. For example, when a user searches for tags like “anorexia”, “anorexic”, “bulimia”, “bulimic”, “thinspiration”, “thinspo”, “proana”, “purge”, “purging”, etc., we would show PSA language like:
Eating disorders can cause serious health problems, and at their most severe can even be life-threatening. Please contact the [resource organization] at [helpline number] or [website].
So that’s our plan. We’d like your feedback. If you have any comments or suggestions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember many years ago when some smart-ass intern snuck a Keywork wallpaper on to a computer screen set behind a news anchor and it showed up on a live evening news report? Remember how the story was some boring bullshit like watershed levels or algae on duck feet, and how the page got so many views (from us) that they decided to do a follow-up story?
“I always hear comments like, ‘I want it to sound like Second Stage, I want it to sound like In Keeping Secrets’… well, I’m always progressing. I know the band is always progressing. Who wants to go backwards?”—Claudio Sanchez, on the meaning of “This Shattered Symphony”
I sure do hope that Coheed decides to do some more dates with Maiden, particularly near Cleveland or Pittsburgh. They've been my idols since I was a teenager and I haven't seen them live yet and with Maiden it would just be asdfghjkl; do you think the dates to come will reveal one near there?
Unfortunately no I do not think so. The entire eastern half of their tour is with Alice Cooper, not Coheed. If any dates get added with Coheed before the Canada dates they probably won’t be further east than Chicago for logistical purposes. :( Too bad because I love the east and would always rather go there.
I’m always looking to spice up my feed, so please share your recommendations! Things I enjoy: Coheed fans, art, music, comics, photography, positivity, fitness, literature, earth science, and weird stuff. Go! :)
“Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”—
Erizo is today’s track because who doesn’t like hearing our favorite couple sing together? Chondra’s voice is so pleasant and beyond cute, and I love the lyrics to this song: “She stands above you, remembering your hands / They looked like cradles.”
Fun fact: in Spanish, “Erizo” translates roughly to “hedgehog”… if you follow her on Twitter or have had any casual interaction, you understand why this is funny and it makes me think there’s an inside joke here somewhere.