Posted 05 July 2004 - 02:54 PM
I feel I need to comment here, although I'm a bit conflicted as to just what I should say. This is a forum about concertinas and I am not writing about concertinas, but an unusual situation has arisen (above) and it needs to be commented upon.
First of all, I apologize to anybody who felt uncomfortable looking at the pictures or whose employment I jeopardized by not including a warning that the links led to images that might run afoul of company policies. I apologize to the management for putting Ken in the position of having to do something about it and to the concertina.net community at large for having to watch this process unfold.
But these were by no stretch of the imagination "dirty pictures." There is nothing prurient about them. I, myself, found them objectionable because they depict women in a demeaning context. But that is hardly a reason to keep them hidden. They are an important historical document of particular interest to concertina players. That's why I brought the subject up. Indeed, the web page that I linked to is a respected repository of historical photographs and includes no warning of objectionable content. Any serious researcher who found their way to the site (whether at work or wherever) and searched on "Keith Moon" and "Concertina" would have found the photos and been in the same dilemma as those who followed my links. Nobody (from this forum or elsewhere) could have seen the photos without first clicking on a thumbnail preview with only enough detail as to suggest what was in the picture without endangering anybody's employment status.
We're all adults here. We see more objectionable images every day on television advertising soft drinks than anything in these pictures. I have always felt that there was an important difference between apologizing and being sorry, and this is a perfect example. My apology was sincere. I am not the least bit sorry I did it.
If anybody who missed the pictures wants to know what the fuss was all about, e-mail me privately and I'll send the link (I've already had three requests). Now, back to concertinas.