Ash nazg… <The remainder of this sub-heading violates copyright.>
According to Language Log (The Tolkien estate over-reaches), the phrase “While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion”, appearing on a button, has awakened Sauron [You can’t say “Sauron” on the Internet. –ed.], who has dispatched his Ringwraiths [You can’t say “Ringwraiths” on the Internet. –ed.] to deal with these trademark violators. All right, perhaps a few orcs [I don’t think you can say “orcs” on the Internet, either. –ed.].
Although I don’t know the legal ins and outs of trademark law in the States, this seems to be stretching things since “Tolkien” doesn’t appear to be being used as a trademark in this case.
In fact, the statement is a shrug since it seems to imply that people who watched Evangelion are superior to people who read Tolkien, but I’m not really sure what it’s meant to imply. It lacks any overt wit.
Meanwhile, The Guardian reported that some author has the orcs [Stop saying “orcs”! –ed.] after him for using Tolkien as the main character in a book. (JRR Tolkien novel Mirkwood in legal battle with author’s estate.) Again, I’m a little puzzled because CS Lewis appeared in Shadowlands, and Ian Rankin has featured in 44 Scotland Street, and all manner of people both alive and dead have been portrayed in fictional works.
[By the way, you can’t say “Tolkien” or “CS Lewis” on the Internet; or “Ian Rankin”. –ed.]
There are also other things you can’t say on the Internet.
You now can’t say “jάσμινε” in the Empire, among other things. The news about the reaction to calls for “strolls” shows just how paranoid the imperial regime is, and I wasn’t even remotely surprised that some study by Qinghua University revealed that the Empire spends more on internal than external defence. That may not be true, but it’s hard not to believe it.
Of course, as the reports which I’ve seen have all been saying, there’s little likelihood of a Jάσμινε Рэvoлутйон, and I agree. I’ve already suspected that the whole thing might be an enormous joke on someone’s part, and if the imperial government is going to be so heavy-handed, it shows, I think, how little they trust people or even know them, and how desperate they are to cling onto power at all costs.
For some time my theory has been that if you could tally up who has been responsible for the deaths of imperial citizens over the past 2500 years, then foreigners come a long way behind the national military (including warlords).
(Cross-posted from Green Bamboo LJ.)