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You're publishing someones ADDRESS without permission? I don't think that is acceptable. I think that is rude. Just because someone gives their address to you doesn't mean that they want you publishing it for anyone to see. I realize zinesters give out their address all they time, but they should have the right to chose when and how it is given out.
I'll concede that it might not be a good idea to print apparent home addresses on envelopes, and actually have avoided doing this 99% of the time in the last 5 years. Since one HAS to have one on the envelope by law since all this Homeland Security garbage started, the sender doesn't have a choice of leaving it off, and that's a point in their favor. But I still don't see what the huge issue is in revealing somebody's address. I just took a look at the phone book and I'd say about 75 to 90% of the private listings have home address listed with their number, and phone books are free all over the place in grocery stores. It never seems to have been much of an issue until recently, and only in the neo-zine-scene. I recently had a job working for a client and got lost, and had to stop for directions and the people didn't hesitate to help me find the place. I could have been a robber or a psycho or something.
Actually, I remember a young girl sent in a pen pal ad for my zine, about 10, maybe 15 years ago, and I politely wrote her I couldn't print it, because I thought it might be dangerous for her, and that she should ask her parents first. So maybe I'm not such an irresponsible monster afterall. But I was also a just a little worried about seeming like a paternalistic sexist, so maybe you can't win.
Intertia and Star Blanket---WHY do you think it's okay to give out somebody's e-mail address? Many people think it's a very BAD thing to do, very "bad form" and would be very upset if they did. Why are your sensibilities any better than theirs...or mine?
Asking one person if one may give out or publish their address may be easy, but if you're into review, contact or ad zines, the kind I was back before the Internet and still am, it can be pretty time consuming and burdensome, especially when many zinesters might not care that much anyway. Is just stamping your envelopes and stationary any harder? Maybe it would be. I'm not sure at this point.
I remember I was at the dentist's office and they came out to call me in. They said, "James?" There was apparently another, or maybe a few, more "James's" in the room, so there was a pause of confusion, but they didn't say a last name. It did turn out to be me. I asked them why they just didn't say my last name, and they told me it was against current "state (CA) privacy laws". This seemed to me to be carrying it to absurd levels. I feel the same way about the direction "getting permission" is going in society and the self-publising world. How far do you take it? Many zinesters review zines they pick up by chance in various places. Are they doing wrong? Do they have to "get permission" first? Can I *mention* someone, publish their name, without getting permission???
I'm just not quite getting the moral intuitions in a lot of this.
Erica---Yes, I heard and read about Bill Price. Pedophiles and predators can wheedle their way into anything, any which way. They manage to get into the securist social networking sites, and may have any number of accomplices that apparently keep behind the scenes. You'd have to lock yourself into an impregnable fortress and wall yourself in to keep them out. You just have to always be "en guarde" if you choose to open the lines of communication even with only those you want to reach out to.
But don't worry. I'm not going to publish anybody's home address on an envelope. I'll make that one concession.
Back on topic...
She can give all the speeches she wants, but I don't think it makes it makes her any more a part of the community than, say, me giving speeches about space would make me an astronaut. Like you said, she should have known better.