What is the Sign Language Symbol for "Straitjacket?"

Friday, May 19, 2006

Originally published: Thursday, March 09, 2006

Because power has driven the alpha chimp mad.

In January I wrote about the debut of SmirkBlog, a recording of the "thoughts" of SmirkingChimp.com owner Jeff Tiedrich. I had some concerns about Tiedrich referring to himself as Chairman Jeff and... well... some other things. Not suprisingly the Chairman's grandiosity has grown more pronounced. His blog header now reads:

SmirkBlog Infallible thoughts from Chairman Jeff's Little Red Book.

Let this be a lesson to you. These online "communities" may start out with the best of intentions, but eventually they all become petty tyrannies. One day you're a bunch of like minded folk discussing headlines and strategizing about how to rescue our democracy from its steady slide toward dictatorship. The next you're catering to the whim of your own tin-horn tyrant, who holds the codes to bannish you to cyber-Siberia. Those chimpsters would do well to heed the warning of Woody Allen's "Bananas." How long do you really think it will be before the Chairman starts blogging something like this?

From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. Silence! In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now... 16 years old!

Oh, what would Nim Chimpsky say?