First they came . . . and Facebook followed

[cue sounds of heavy boots pounding on your doorstep and the front door crashing in . . . if you have time before they storm in, read the news in the Second Life Forum here about Facebook deleting Second Life avatar accounts. And before you have to grab your data and run, read a cautionary tale.

“First they came…”

First they came for people with weird names
and I didn’t speak out, because I did not have a weird name.

Then they came for the “excessive evangelists” here and there,
and I didn’t speak out, because I did not post excessively or have too many friends.

Then they came for the cows and dogs and libraries,
and I didn’t speak out, for I was not a cow or a dog or a library.

Then they came for the avatars,
and still I didn’t speak out, for I had found a place to hide.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

My cautionary tale warning against apathy toward the arbitary power of Facebook is adapted from the statement of Pastor Martin Niemöller about the apathy of German intellectuals who failed to speak out against the Nazi rise to power and the its extermination of  group after group. Quoted below from Wikipedia.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

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