Archive for March, 2013

were once taboo. And perhaps they still are to some extent. However, not only are more people finding friendships and intimate relationships online today, but in-person relationships are being strengthened by the use of technology from twitter to Facebook to Skype to email, blogs and literary journals. Even television commercials overflow with reasons to use the Internet. Of late, dating sites have become more and more prevalent.

The dangers of such connections will remain, but it is clear that more than just “perverts” frequent cyberspace. Those born in this age will use the Internet even more than the current generation. It seems likely that in the future most relationships will begin online as bookstores disappear, schools go cyber, and businesses do the same. Since so much of the world is moving online, it only makes sense for relationships to go there as well. Yet not even the future knows what new taboos the technological age will invent. Overall, the advantages may be equal to the disadvantages.

For another viewpoint on this topic read Lanni Solochek’s article here.

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There is almost no doubt that self-promotion can be viewed as taboo. Although promoting your work can be seen as irritating, it is also deemed as necessary in order to further yourself in the entertainment business. Publishers, agents, fans, companies want you to see their artists submerge the media until it becomes tiring to see images of that particular person. Sometimes the breaking of a taboo is easier when you just break it rather than try to side-step the breaking.

Here is a small attempt at chipping away at the taboo. My novel, The Land Without Footprints: Shadows Amongst Shadows is currently available for free for a limited time on Amazon.com for the kindle edition.

The story focuses on a future world free of laws and taboos.

If you’re interested, get it here. (You can also purchase a paperback edition.)

Upcoming blogs on Taboo Artists include Prince, Ed Sheeran, and Robbie Williams.

A common saying emphasizes that beauty is different to each and every eye, and if that were true the opposite would be the same: ugliness is in the eye of the beholder. However, the laws of not so long ago saw this differently. According to the almost forgotten “ugly laws” certain people were seen as too unsightly to be viewed in public:

Any person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated, or in any way deformed, so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object, or an improper person to be allowed in or on the streets, highways, thoroughfares, or public places in this city, shall not therein or thereon expose himself to public view, under the penalty of a fine of $1 [about $20 today] for each offense. (Chicago City Code 1881)1

Some might say that this isn’t much different than a law against public nudity. Yet this doesn’t quite seem the same. I couldn’t imagine a law today that refused to allow wounded veterans to walk the streets. Even calling a person ugly is one of those minor taboos we now call bullying. Nevertheless, it is unknown why there has never been a law that kept those who are ugly on the inside out of public view. Perhaps that is really what laws are supposed to do, though.


1 Susan Schweik, The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (New York: NYU Press, 2006), 1-2.

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Today, the Catholic Church announced Pope Benedict’s successor: a Jesuit that will take the name Pope Francis. Still, the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI might say more about the future of the religion than the announcement of its newest spiritual leader. Hopefully the fervor that has been created by this introduction will not take the Catholic Church away from the sweeping reforms that it must accept in order to survive this technological age. In the religious world the election of a Jesuit is seen as a major deal, but for the average person it could be argued that this is nothing different, just another 70+ year old man replacing another 70+ year old man.

Taboo asks these questions:

  1. Why aren’t women yet voting for the election of new popes?
  2. Why isn’t this newly elected pope a woman?
  3. When is the Vatican III Council? (Vatican II: 1962-1965)