Some will notice that I have removed a few posting from the blog.  I hesitated before doing so – after all, generally changing a blog ex post facto is considered poor form.  Proper practice is to either add an “update” to the end of the post or strikethrough elements which are either no longer relevant or have been shown to be {ahem} less than truthful.  But, in this case, I had compelling reasons.  I realized (belatedly, alas) that my audience has changed since my blogging heyday.  I have lots of new people checking out this blog as opposed to a few dedicated readers.  These new people (welcome!) know and care little about my background, character or foibles.  When they read postings that presume these shortcuts they will get the wrong impression. That seems both unfair to me, the author, and off-putting to the reader. Hence the changes.

But, I hesitate due to that pesky convention of not deleting blog posts, even given extraordinary situations.  But I realized: I’m a Moral Agent – I can make ethical decisions and, using the tools recently acquired from my Ethics class, I decided to test the idea against the different schools of Meta-ethical judgment.

Meta-ethical School Main Proponent May I delete the postings?
Hedonism Epicurus Sure! Do what makes you feel good.
Utilitarianism Mills Yes, since deleting the old blog posts will benefit the greater number of people
Kantian Kant Tough to say. Arbitrarily changing posts would fail the universality test. However, allowing misleading posts to persist would also violate a Categorical Imperative.
External Impostion Hobbes Yes, I have the power to change it and resist consequences then I can make the changes
Will to Power Nietzsche Yes, my will to do good is compelling this course of action.
Ethical Communism Marx Yes, because it is an effort to bring about the workers paradise. (Think about that, Comrade!)
Ethical Egoism Rand Yes, because I need to do it to stay true to my self
Existential Ethics De Beauvoir Yes, because unlike the deleted posts the replacements will contain my authentic voice
Situational Ethics Fletcher Yes, because my love of man compels the change
Reality Ethics A whole bunch of guys (including most pre-Marx Christian types) Maybe not, depending,  Why not keep the old posts and ask forgiveness or add rather than take away?

So, from the objective perspective, as a Reality Ethics type it doesn’t look good. Ah, but I will plead my case from subjective perspective. I am accountable and aware of deleting the posts as the task requires some technical knowledge.  What I am thinking is that this step will actually clarify and give a better understanding of the author (me!) and greater context in a way not to flatter but to elucidate.  This is coming from two directions: a desire to be understood and my fetish for precision in language.  The lesson learned is not to be so swift to post something just to post “something” and, more generally, to realize that being in a new environment means discarding many of the personality short cuts I have acquired from living in the same place for nearly my entire life.  Therefore, from the subjective perspective of reality ethics it would indeed be ethical to delete/change the posts.

Finally, if one measures the change by impact or outcome, my site stats say that only one person has visited the pages in question.  So, to that person I say “sorry”.

P.S.            While irrelevant from an ethics standpoint, the fact that one of the best posts on NOT deleting/changing blog posts is now a dead link doesn’t hurt.  Also, the posts I deleted also exist in Flicker: here and here.