RVL meets real life: What’s in a word?

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Researched, Edited, Written and Presented by
Tim

I’m going to open up a whole family sized can of worms here and I know it, has that ever stopped me before? Nah…

We all spend a great deal of time on Facebook, we mill around in all sorts of groups, chats, discussions and forums and we type pretty much whatever we feel like typing, regardless of what it looks like. That, under the laws of the United States of America, and most other countries too, can become problematic.

“A 1964 case, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, however, radically changed the nature of libel law in the United States by establishing that public officials could win a suit for libel only when they could prove the media outlet in question knew either that the information was wholly and patently false or that it was published “with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not”. Later Supreme Court cases barred strict liability for libel and forbid libel claims for statements that are so ridiculous as to be patently false. Recent cases have added precedent on defamation law and the Internet.” [1]

“Defamation law in the United States is much less plaintiff-friendly than its counterparts in European and the Commonwealth countries, due to the enforcement of the First Amendment. One very important distinction today is that European and Commonwealth jurisdictions adhere to a theory that every publication of a defamation gives rise to a separate claim, so that a defamation on the Internet could be sued on in any country in which it was read, while American law only allows one claim for the primary publication.” [1]

Now, you might be thinking “Oh, but that doesn’t matter because of the First Amendment” (in the United States)

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Think again…

“Freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and recognized in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the UDHR states that “everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. The version of Article 19 in the ICCPR later amends this by stating that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities” and may “therefore be subject to certain restrictions” when necessary “[f]or respect of the rights or reputation of others” or “[f]or the protection of national security or of public order (order public), or of public health or morals.

Freedom of speech and expression, therefore, may not be recognized as being absolute, and common limitations to freedom of speech relate to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, food labelling, non-disclosure agreements, the right to privacy, the right to be forgotten, public security, and perjury. Justifications for such include the harm principle, proposed by John Stuart Mill in On Liberty, which suggests that: “the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.” [2]


…and what happens if we look to laws regarding libel?

Libel
Noun [C or U] UK   /ˈlaɪ.bəl/ US   /ˈlaɪ.bəl/

A piece of writing that contains bad and false things about a person:

What is Libel?

“Libel is a common law tort, governed by state law, in which an individual makes a written “publication” of a defamatory statement of and concerning the plaintiff that damages the reputation of the plaintiff.

What are the elements of a cause of action for libel?

The elements of a libel suit are:

  1. A defamatory statement;
  2. Published to a third party;
  3. Which the speaker knew or should have known was false;
  4. That causes injury to the subject of the communication” [3]

 

Keyboard Warriors are nicknamed that because they either can’t, or won’t, step up and represent themselves in person, in real life situations – that could result in Slander, or worse right? No, they take advantage of the fact that they believe there is anonymity on their side of the monitor, this is not the case. Internet servers and social media are, in particular, starting to pay much closer attention to the rights of people to remain free of harassment and “injurious behaviour” on the internet, indeed, even Facebook – following the “secret Facebook group Drugs and Guns for sale” fiasco, has vowed to work much more closely with law enforcement bodies now. Naturally there is, and will continue to be, a follow the leader effect. Pretty much every country and most states in the U.S. now have laws against “social media” bullying which makes it a felony.

The times, dear reader, they are a changin’ and the people who refuse to recognise that and whom continue on their merry way posting messages without thought to public arenas, or even semi-private ones, are going to find it getting increasingly uncomfortable and even legally uncomfortable in order to enjoy their so-called “Freedom of Speech”

As I’ve said before, with Freedom of Speech comes with responsibility, you can’t have one without the other.

You might be thinking that, “Hey, everybody knows what Facebook is, everybody knows what the internet is… if you don’t like it, turn it off…!”DOESN’T WASH…

The “Internet” belongs to everyone who pays a fee to use it. The internet is a public construct and service, as such, and despite arguments to the contrary, a place where all users have the expectation to go about their business free from harassment and harm – EXACTLY the same thing as the rest of society and for the same reasons we have laws against criminal behaviour that govern society there are, and will increasingly be, laws of criminal conduct on the internet… so, all I can suggest is suck it in and get with the real world.

Copyright TB, 2018

  1. United States defamation law
  2. Freedom of Speech
  3. What you must know about Libel

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https://dictionary.cambridge.org/

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Welllllllll… it’s Sat’dy night an’ I jus’ got paid…!!!

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John Travolta cuts it up in “Saturday Night Fever”
Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO), 1977.

 

To paraphrase the immortal Airman Adrian Cronauer…
“Gooooooooooooood morrrrrrrrrrrrrrning, Vee Ceeeeeeee! Hey, this is not a test. This is rock and roll. Time to rock it from the delta to the Vee eM Zee! Is that me, or does that sound like an Elvis Presley movie? Viva Vee-Cee Oh, viva…”[1]

Oh yes, it’s Saturday… a good day to review just WTF happened last week
For those of you at work this morning… sympathies, shame on those greedy corporate monsters for dragging you away from your nice warm beds and your loving families… SHAME ON YOU CORPORATE AMERICA, SHAME…!!!

For those of you not working, well, get those glad rags out, shine up that Glo-mesh and de-wrinkle ya dancin’ trousers cuz tonite it’s…

Bwaaaahahahahahahahaha…!!! Yep, that’s right, Britain had THE Idol first…!!!

Okayyyyyy, so, where are we….

Ahhh, yes, well the BIG news of last week came outta Chicago with the news that the recently self-proclaimed “King” of Chicago Vampires, He Who Shall Not Be Named, has, well, ummm… no kingdom left… just eight little followers in a small room someplace… eight little followers who will, hopefully, see the light and rejoin the RIGHT side of the force…!!!

Blessings to all who joined ChiTown Vamps on that one… I’ll see if I can get you VIP tickets or Keys to the City or something…

Y’know over the last couple of months we have seen an unprecedented level of cooperation between many of the highest profile organisations, respected Elders and Leaders of the modern Vampire Culture and a ground swell of support for the concept of unity… I will admit, freely, I have, for a couple of years now, avoided the use of the term “community”, I saw too many contradictions that just did not fit with the definition of community but the developments over the last few months have prompted me to dust off the old Cambridge and look the word up again…

Jus’ sayin’

What else, what else???

OOOOOOH, yes, I know… we have a very special and dear friend that is about to prove that dreams can come true

Here’s a special shout out to the lovely Lady Magdalena…

Now, here’s one straight out of left field…

Andrews (Brian Glover) in “Alien(3) Resurrection”
Twentieth Century Fox &
Brandywine Productions, 1992

“I am in the VVC they have an extensive library on everyone and most vampire political dances in the last 10 years.”

If that’s the case then are we looking at the VVCIA??? How many Federal laws would that contravene… maybe they’d better get some more chairs ready in The Capitol next to Mr. Zuckerberg eh?

Seriously, seems as though someone has a “hard on” for… a grudge, an axe to grind even with the VVC. Yeeeaaaaah… might wanna lay off the Koolaid for a bit possum…!!!

WORD UP kids, as much as you may not like the modus operandi of a group, as much as you might have personal feelings about any particular member, or members, of a group, if that group is ACTIVELY doing good things and helping to protect the people in the culture than I suggest you might want to think before your fingers hit the keyboard…!!!

Take another look at “The Warning”

Okay, nuff of that… what can we say about the “rumour” but…

“X-Files”
Ten Thirteen Productions,
20th Century Fox Television (in association with) X-F Productions

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One other item, if I may, IT’S HAPPY BIRTHDAY day to the venerable BratPrince of Chicago… you can share his crazy world at

The Leathur Lair

Hey, this is for you D…

Okay boys and girls… that’s enough outta me, think I’ll STFU now…
Have a great weekend and remember, whether you’re Psi, Sang or something else altogether, you were…

 

Copyright TB (except where noted) 2018

  1. Robin Williams as D.J. Airman Adrian Cronauer in “Good Morning Viet Nam”,
    Touchstone Pictures & Silver Screen Partners III, 1987.

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So, you want your own empire? Part III

Star Wars Matte Painting –
Harrison Ellenshaw
via The Art of VFX

 

Researched, Written, Edited and Presented by

Tim

Come on now, you didn’t seriously think you were going to get through this without at least one Star Wars pic did you?

Good evening ladies, gentlemen and budding group leaders, I do hope your plans and schemes are progressing well?

So, after “So, you want your own empire?” and “So, you want your own empire? Part 2” we arrive at the concluding considerations. You have your core, you have your plan, you have your structure and the operational nature of your group pinned down – congratulations, we really need to look, now, at the single most important aspect of the entire process… YOU

What sort of leader are you going to be?

In any “team”, “task group”, “social club”, online or off-line group there needs to be leadership – without proper leadership you have a puddle of “jakshit”. Many groups will, ultimately, falter, if not fail in aim and purpose for a) lack of leadership, or b) improper application of leadership.

In making your group you have obviously made the statement, “I believe that I have what it takes to be a leader.” Now, it’s time to live up to that.

Leadership styles vary greatly dependent upon circumstances, purpose, goal and personal likes/dislikes. For example, if you are asked to head up a “task group” at work to establish the operating procedures for a new corporate requirement that you do not agree with you have two choices, 1) Be professional, give it everything you’ve got in order to get ‘corporate’ exactly what they want, or, 2) Give it only so much effort as is necessary to establish the fact that Corporate wants this but lead no change in methodology to reinforce and support that requirement… Where do you stand on such things?

Leading your own “group” is an entirely different animal. You have time, creativity, best intentions and passion invested… you don’t want it to fail because if it does that will be seen as a personal reflection on you… or does it? This is one of the unrealistic, subliminal pressures that “leaders” place on themselves if they haven’t fully considered the position.

Realise several things,

  • You are NOT infallible, you are a human being (yes, I know, Vampirism etc. notwithstanding)
  • You are NOT superhuman, much as you may like to consider yourself. You will get tired, angry, emo, hungry, thirsty, sleepy, overworked, downright frustrated and all other such things that occupy everyday life… don’t fight it, let it roll over you. The harder you try and tighten your grip the more grains of sand will run through your fingers.
  • You have, hopefully, installed A STAFF, be it big or small, to share your vision and passion and to help in the administration of the “group” when you are on “downtime”.
  • Take time out for YOU… you absolutely cannot be the best for anyone else unless you are the best you can be for yourself first.

    (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

    So, with the “think about number one” under consideration, how are you going to conduct your leadership role?

    In this there are a number of choices.
    “Democratic rule (meaning “rule of the people”) Oligarchy (meaning “rule of the few”) and Autocracy (a system of government in which supreme power,both social and political, is concentrated in the hands of one person.)”

    These are the three prime states of government, your task is to choose which one you intend to apply to your particular group.

    If, for example, you were to choose “Democracy” then you would necessarily have to decide what type of democracy you are going to employ. Will it be “‘Direct Democracy’ in which the people represent themselves and vote directly for new laws and public policy? Will it be “Representative Democracy” wherein the people or citizens of a country elect representatives to create and implement public policy? Will it be a “Totalitarian Democracy” which refers to a system of government in which lawfully elected representatives maintain the integrity of a nation state whose citizens, while granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of the government?

…annnnnnnd so on and so forth…

“Nineteen Eighty-Four”
Umbrella-Rosenblum Films Production & Virgin Benelux in association with
Virgin Schallplatten and Virgin, 1984.

You may choose to simply say, “Screw y’all, I’m in charge and what I say goes…!!! End of discussion.” Hmmmm… think about that for a minute, how long do you think that will last if your members are independent, free-thinking and intelligent individuals?

You may choose to establish a “Council” of “Elders” to govern, wisely and democratically and represent, fairly and equally, all your members. In that you have to remember you can please some of the people some of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. That, unfortunately, is not possible.

The other determining factor in the make-up of a Council is, how many members do you have? Do you have 10, 20, 30? Up to Twenty persons and I would suggest you do not have need of a Council, it’s simply going to annoy people who don’t get put on “The Council”

Let’s say you have 50 or 100 members, now you’re starting to get into the realm of “Council” country. Managing a group of this size, and keeping it relevant and up-to-date can’t be done by one or two people, not effectively and if that happens you will see stagnation and boredom setting in, then people start drifting away.

Running a group is a juggling act, it’s kinda like being a parent, a confidante, a besty and a priest all rolled into one. Be advised, it is NOT easy, never will be. You WILL end up doing most of the work, along with a trusted 2 or 3 admins and you will find that, unless you can create a vibrant, stimulating and creative atmosphere, that there may be 100 on your membership list but only 15 or 20 will regularly be active at any given time.

This is the position where you need to re-examine the role, meaning, goals and aims of the group.

Img. source: Eastham Vacation Guide/ Robin Lehr

You can’t just make a sandcastle on a beach and hope it’s just gonna stay there by itself – social groups are the same.

Your decision of leadership style and practices will, ultimately, be the “make or break” of your group and so it becomes, as I said, the single most important consideration in forming a new group. From your “tiny acorn” we are all hoping “mighty oaks” will grow but don’t bet your house on it… so to speak.

The decision you make will also determine what sort of people your group is going to attract as members.

If you have a basic anarcho-thrash fest group governed by a sarcastic “upper echelon” then you will attract rat-bags, walking-attitude machines and mouths without brains.

If you have a quiet, well regulated, comfortable group then you will attract the relaxed, intelligent and respectable people… yes, you’ll get hordes of rat-bags, coat-tail riders and trolls coming along but with proper membership methodology you’ll be able to deal with the riff-raff easily.


Simply put, “as ye sow, so shall ye reap”.

As “Leader” of the group, house, enclave, order or whatever your organisation is it will be up to you to not only represent your “group” in the public arena but you will need to ensure that your co-leaders can do the same. If you want to run into the crowded space yelling, “I’m King/Queen Shinybritches Pre-eminent Scallywag the 3rd of the Munificent Royal Principality of Narcissism”wellummm…no one’s gonna actually stop ya.

I can pretty much guarantee that almost everyone’s going to sit at their monitors and do one of several things;

Breathe out a profane name directed at you and go someplace else.

Laugh hysterically and call their spouse/S.O. to the monitor and say, “OMFG… Look at this dick/shit/crap (insert preferred profanity)…!!!”

Groan loudly, outwardly, and write you off as an insane and completely unreasonable member of the race of Homo-Sapiens-Sapiens-Vampyrus.

Mutter (with or without eye-rolling) “Fuck me sideways, not again…!!!”, and leave for the refrigerator/television/book/s.o or other, more stimulating, endeavours.

TRUTH.

Your approach to your new found leadership role is going to require tact, diplomacy, discretion and intelligence or you will find that you and your entire group will be, by and large, ignored except for those folks YOU think are nuts.

In this it is absolutely no different to finding “street cred” – you prove yourself to be a sane and reasonable person and leader, you engage, sensibly, with the greater culture and you exercise respect and remember you are NOT the almighty’s greatest gift to Vampire kind (btw, a great many of us don’t even attribute the almighty… be careful there too eh?)

Reputation is built up over time, if you want a good one, or, alternatively, pretty much overnight if you want a bad one. FIRST IMPRESSIONS are vital here.

In conclusion:

If someone were to ask me what are the five most important thing a leader needs to do I would draw on over 20 years of experience in management roles and I would say to them,

1)   Be fair but be firm. Apply the rules equally across the board.

2)   Don’t start fights that you have no hope of winning, in fact, just don’t start fights.

3)   Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, people will see through you straightaway.

4)   Trust yourself, stick to your guns but if you’re found in the wrong ADMIT it.

5)   Give RESPECT to get RESPECT, it’s not an automatic right.

Outside of that your group, any group will, hopefully be a fluid, dynamic and ever changing entity, go with it, roll with it, be flexible and adapt your plan to accommodate the changing needs of your members and your co-leaders. That will give you the vibrant and pro-active base on which you will build your glittering Empire.

Img. source: SSQQ.com

Good fortune…!

Copyright RVL, 2018

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_forms_of_government

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