The limits of what we can write and say
Posted by Oyster on September 19, 2007
To writers and readers of Oy Bay:
A very interesting thing just happened. In the space of two hours, a post was written, rejected, and then taken down. One of our writers posted up a submitted piece of Jewish erotica writing. My general policy is to be very flexible with what Oy Bay’s writers publish. I’ve written some nasty words in my time, and uploaded some graphic cartoons. Other writers have posted pictures of Jewish porn stars workin’ their trade.
But what about this drew a line? The response from people was fast and furious. I wish I could point this out to people, but the writer decided to delete the post (which is their prerogative, though, I favor erring on the side of leaving up content, rather than deleting it).
Oy Bay strives to be a source of independent Jewish media, and as such, will push people’s traditional and preconceived views on what Jewish journalism is all about. This ain’t yo’ momma’s Jewish rag-about-town. If you want high-praise of everyone and puff-pieces about real issues, look elsewhere.
But on the other hand, there must be limits on the other side. Some things that we might publish might alienate our core readership, either from being off-topic or too extreme in view.
So tell me, fair readers, what is the line?