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Where is Anthony Fenton?

Arby
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Well, As my topic title notes, I'm wondering where Anthon Fenton went. I used to follow his blog. It went silent and eventually I deleted the link, intending to check back from time to time. I can't even get to that site now. I can't find anything online about him. I find a few articles here and there. There's stuff on The Dominion, where's there's no forum to ask people questions. Contacting The Dominion is discouraged. A Democracy Now segment in which Amy Goodman interviews him just never loaded for me. But who knows why and what would that have told me? I like Anthony Fenton's work. I am keenly interested in Haiti and have read his book, co-authored with Yves Engler, titled "Canada In Haiti." I found his section on the imperial R2P doctrine/law to be quite useful. I'm rather freaked by the way the man has just disappeared before my eyes. Does anyone know anything?


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Maysie
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Arby
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If you can't help, keep your rudeness to yourself. I have no time for it. Or for sitting on Google forever when I'm already spending endless hours online doing other research.


Freedom 55
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No time for it? By using Maysie's suggestion I found the answer you were looking for in less time than in took you to write either of your posts.


Maysie
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Arby wrote:
  I can't find anything online about him.

By using google and copying and pasting his name into the search bar, I found his wikipedia entry, his e-network at York University and his twitter account. They are the first three hits. I guess in this day and age I'm a bit surprised that you'd come to babble to ask for information that you can very easily find for yourself. I aoplogize for sounding rude.

He sounds like a cool guy.


writer
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I find "Thank you" sometimes works when someone finds information I've been unable to dig up, then shares it with me. If we're going to talk about being rude and stuff.


Arby
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In this day and age, it seems, coming to a progressive website and expecting friendly chat from like-minded, caring people, is unrealistic.


Caissa
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You are either being over-sensitive or intentionally rude. Maysie did you a favour. "Thank you" would have sufficed.


Freedom 55
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Arby wrote:

In this day and age, it seems, coming to a progressive website and expecting friendly chat from like-minded, caring people, is unrealistic.

 

Civility on the Internet has been going down the tubes ever since Generation X came along.


Maysie
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Freedom 55 wrote:

Civility on the Internet has been going down the tubes ever since Generation X came along.

Dude, Gen Xers were in our early 30s when the internet came along. At that point we hadn't been civil offline for a few decades and certainly can't blame that on the internet. Tongue out


Freedom 55
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My mistake. I just assumed based on the wistful lament about "this day and age" that the Internet was a kinder, gentler place during the Boomer years.


ygtbk
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Freedom 55 wrote:

My mistake. I just assumed based on the wistful lament about "this day and age" that the Internet was a kinder, gentler place during the Boomer years.

A quick search on "flame war" or "asbestos longjohns" will dispell your illusions. If there was a golden age of civility I think it was a very long time ago.


Freedom 55
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Freedom 55 (with TFPIC) wrote:

Civility on the Internet has been going down the tubes ever since Generation X came along.

 


Caissa
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If they would only let us Baby Boomers run the 'net the world would be a better place. Tongue out


Ken Burch
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Joined: Feb 26 2005

Why is everybody giving "arby" so much shit?  Is it unforgiveable to ask questions on Babble now? 

You'd think arby was asking each of you to loan him 50 bucks 'til payday. 

It's not as if nobody else ever started a "where is this person" thread on Babble.

Jesus! 


Freedom 55
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I think it was Arby's response in post #2 that earned the good-natured ribbing... not the opening post.


RevolutionPlease
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We have much to learn...

Ken Burch
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Joined: Feb 26 2005

Well, I think arby was kind of baited(perhaps inadvertently) by that "Google is your friend" post-when a lot of people use that line, it's code for "don't bother me, look it up yourself you lazy jerk".  It's a phrase I really wish nobody would ever use again on Babble.  Nobody deserves to be made to feel like they're wrong to ask for a little help with a couple of questions.

Couldn't somebody just have said "ok..Fenton is doing these things at this place"? 

Babble's value system is supposed to be about cooperation and mutual support-telling arby to look it up himself and not bother the rest of us wasn't really in tune with those values.  And he didn't deserve to be made to feel like he was asking for something he had no right to ask for.  It was just a couple of questions, for God's sake.

 


RevolutionPlease
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Ken Burch wrote:

Well, I think arby was kind of baited(perhaps inadvertently) by that "Google is your friend" post-when a lot of people use that line, it's code for "don't bother me, look it up yourself you lazy jerk".  It's a phrase I really wish nobody would ever use again on Babble.  Nobody deserves to be made to feel like their wrong to ask for a little help with a query.

Couldn't somebody just have said "ok..Fenton is doing these things at this place"? 

Babble's value system is supposed to be about cooperation and mutual support-telling arby to look it up himself and not bother the rest of us wasn't really in tune with those values.  And he didn't deserve to be made to feel like he was asking for something he had no right to ask for.  It was just a couple of questions, for God's sake.

 

Yep, quite right, but in the same vein, we're quite often trolled, and it can become tiresome.

Freedom 55
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Maybe you're right and Arby deserved the benefit of the doubt. But as RP mentioned, there are plenty of people who do come here asking disingenous questions. So when someone comes here to ask - not just any question - but a question that can be easily answered by spending (literally) a few seconds of investigation with a search engine, and later claims to have "no time" for such things; yeah, my gut feeling is that we're being trolled.


Ken Burch
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Joined: Feb 26 2005

What I don't get is why anyone would be suspicious about THIS particular question(then again, I don't actually know who Anthony Fenton is or what he does).

 


angrymonkey
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Joined: May 18 2004

Heh. Arby asks question on internet forum that he could probably answer quickler by himself (perhaps he wants to start a dialogue) and people tell him to search google since it's easy and hey we found your answer but won't tell you anything since it all sounds suspicious and you might be up to something. 

I did a quick look. Saw his twitter but didn't see anything that indicated what he's been up to lately.


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