My Beautiful Wickedness

Kirk, Out.
April 11, 2007, 6:35 pm
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J. L. Kirk, that is.

It’s a long story, but a blogger friend of mine over at Just Another Pretty Farce recently paid a visit to a “employment agency” that behaved in a manner to give reasonable people pause. She did some research and found sufficient cause that prompted her to warn others not to get taken. She wrote a blog post about her unsatisfactory experience and went on with her life. A month or two later, an employee from the outfit wrote a hectoring comment on her blog post, which the host brought to the front page. This screedwriter attempted to embarass the host, distributed both confidential and false information about the host’s financial and personal life, and otherwise made an asshat out of herself. Using admirable restraint, the host then gently rebutted. Now, my bloggy friend finds herself the recipient of a “cease and desist” order intended to silence her and make her take down her postings.

Now, this kind of stuff pisses me off. I can’t abide a bully. Being of a legal turn of mind and training, I am pretty sure they have no case and simply wish to intimidate someone with slender financial resources because they think that they can. And heck, that might work…who would want the gut-wrenching hassle? (I think they underestimated their sucker myself. I wouldn’t want to rouse her righteous anger and Hoosier stubborn.)

But it also strikes me as stupid and indicative that the company in question doesn’t have a clue how the Internet works. Do they think the caches are somehow going to go away? How about the mirror sites in Hong Kong? Everybody on the Internet has a libertarian streak when it comes to corporate bullying and I can predict that humans all over the globe who had no previous interest in J. L. Kirk nor any reason to know of their scamitude will now get to read all about their hustle and how they violate every good business practice. This was about the dumbest thing they could have done — BoingBoing will go for it, Instapundit is on it, and the Internet freedom-fighters will embrace this cause. Hell, people like me — far from Nashville, and with no obvious connection at all, are throwing down. The posts will turn into a floating crap game, circulated far from their home and out of their venues, doing their work as they go. And I will happily host them and pass them on while the lawyers chase them vainly around the Internet like a plastic bag in a windstorm.

After all, when it comes to the freedom to speak one’s opinion (as well as to discuss some empirical truths in a responsible way), I am Spartacus and so are you.

(Read more about this all at Aunt B.’s place.

Woo! This is fun — you can also read what Bill Hobbs has to say about it.

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Hee! Love the pun. 😉

Comment by magniloquence

Yeah, I’m a dork. I’m waiting for Imfunnytoo to see this — she’ll roll.

Comment by bridgett

I’ve been called several things in my time, but never Spartacus. Hee. 🙂

Awesome post. Even awesomer, I can’t believe how much this whole thing has spread in what amounts to a handful of hours. I had other plans for tonight but the techgeekchick in me wants to sit and review Google and Technorati and other stats all night…

Comment by Lynnster

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Hahaha, I was thinking of the Spartacus reference too! GMTA!

Comment by badbadivy

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Here is a crazy idea. If a customer or potential customer has a complaint, contact the customer and offer to make it right somehow. I am just a small business owner, so I’m not an expert, but my guess would be you make more customers by treating customers right than you do by suing them. Just my uneducated guess.

Might be crazy enough to work.

Comment by curious

Yes, simple and direct works. According to the Tennessee Better Business Bureau, however, J.L. Kirk rarely responds in such a manner. They never offer a refund and their idea of remedy is to continue to do exactly what their clients complain about.

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