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I Have Cancer, But Don’t Call Me Brave

Cancer lends itself to military metaphors. Sufferers “fight” or battle” the disease, though in practice this usually means accepting a prescribed course of treatment. “Whenever I hear those martial verbs, or hear people being described as brave, I feel a little sorry for people with heart disease or Alzheimer’s, who, rather than warriors, tend to be portrayed as passive, voiceless victims, who never get to ‘fight’ their illnesses but only ever ‘succumb'” (1,200 words)

A Colon Resection

Extreme cancer blogging. No detail spared. I muted the title — check the URL — which refers more directly to ileostomy. Take daily, but not with food. “At first, the emptying was done by the nurses, but after watching them doing it enough, I finally managed to sit down on the toilet. I wiped my new plastic anus and then folded the little pouch shut — no more unhygienic than going the normal way really” (1,619 words)

Why Do We Hate Facebook?

“The low-level hum of discontent, revealed in the recent hysteria over messages is due to our evolving relationship with data. It is a relationship most of us don’t really understand, but it gives us a general sense of foreboding”

ICANN Has Censorship

Custom URLs such as .humanrights or .money will soon be allowed. Opens up avenues for confusion, potential fraud. May also increase censorship if authoritarian governments corral civil society groups together under same domain names

Forget WikiLeaks, We Need WikiWitness

Media from protests in Iran, Egypt, etc have been shared on YouTube and Flickr, but scores of material has been removed for usage policy violations. Need for a non-corporate, secure, anonymous upload center for conflict images

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