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Boing Boing [Kindle Edition]

A directory of wonderful things
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Touted as "A Directory of Wonderful Things," Boing Boing informs readers about everything from new technological gadgets to privacy advocacy and civil liberty issues. With its five contributing columnists--Cory, David, Xeni, John, and Mark--Boing Boing offers information to enlighten, entertain, and change world views. Boing Boing has won the Bloggie award twice for "Weblog of the Year."

Kindle blogs are fully downloaded onto your Kindle so you can read them even when you're not wirelessly connected. And unlike RSS readers which often only provide headlines, blogs on Kindle contain full text content and images, and are updated wirelessly throughout the day.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boing Boing on Kindle makes little sense March 22, 2008
As Boing Boing tends to be rather link heavy, it really doesn't work all too well on the Kindle.

Sure, they write their own stories from time to time, but for the majority of their items, you're going to be clicking links to other sites to get the "full" story.

Works well on your PC...not so much on the Kindle.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Its no fun on a Kindle January 28, 2009
By Shy Guy
I am echoing another reviewer, but if you are looking for a blog for your Kindle, this is not for you. It is full of links, graphics, and other things that just don't work on an e-reader. I am surprised that they even offer it--it is so poor that I have no desire to see the blog in another format.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You might want to do a little research December 10, 2007
Before sending Boing Boing your money, you might be interested to understand their position on censorship.

Although they talk a big game about freedom of speech, defeating censorship and the like, try going to their website and doing a search for "th".

In their own comments section, if you say something that they don't approve of or agree with, they will vandalize your comment by removing the vowels, or they will simply delete the comment. You can find a lot of examples of this vandalization by searching for "th" -- a "the" with the "e" removed.

For example, one of the editors (Cory) posted a blog entry about his own story -- search for "0wnz0red in Swedish". If you look at the comments for that story, anyone who said anything remotely not in favor of "0wnz0red" had his comment vandalized, which only the editors or people with the editor's permission can do. You can also see someone at comment number 23 replying to a post from "Tamara R" that has apparently been deleted. I don't know what she said, but I can guess.

You can also find the Boing Boing post about the sale of their (at the time) $120 hoodie. When people began complaining about the price, they put a "moratorium" on further complaints about the price. Imagine if Amazon did that: advertised an item for sale and then limited the number of negative comments that could be made. (We'll advertise it and you'll like it! Or else!)

Bottom line:
Evidence suggests that if the Boing Boing editors had control over Amazon, this review right here would vanish and/or be vandalized by them, not because there's anything foul or incorrect in it, but simply because it's an opinion that they don't like (especially when it's a negative opinion leveled at a product that they like).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By the rob
There was a time in BoingBoing's history, before their editors had "made it", that it was an entertaining and thought-provoking platform discussing online censorship and privacy rights. Some time around 2005-2006 their thinking shifted and it became a platform to promote science fiction novels and the careers of their editors. People noticed and began commenting about this on their site. They declared these people trolls and began censoring them. People noticed this and commented more, and it turned into such a vicious cycle that they eventually removed comments from their site altogether. After a year or two without comments they eventually put them back, but it's obvious they have a full-time comment moderator on staff to disemvowel anyone who speaks critically of them.

Ultimately I think their behavior harms the movements that they originally helped foster online, as evidenced by organizations that they used to be tightly affiliated with. You don't hear much from the EFF or ACLU about BoingBoing anymore.
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Thanks!" All you other reviewers! August 30, 2010
I appriciate the time you've saved me (and apparently kept me from flushing that saved time down the commode by reading this trash)! Just browsing the blogs looking for one or two that might be something worth paying to read (yep, I know I can get it for free on my PC, just looking for something NEW that I can read while AWAY from my PC). Thanks again!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Censored hypocritical blog May 23, 2008
By Doug J.
The owner of this blog is a hypocrite -- meaning that it is his private rant blog, which would be OK except that he allows comments that he defaces and deletes if he disagrees with them. Even Bill O'Reilly doesn't go that far. I recommend improving your karma by staying away from this blog.
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