Justin Bieber is, so my 10 year old daughter informs me, a pop sensation. Actually, her exact words when I asked just who the heck this Bieber bloke who keeps topping the Twitter trending chart is were: Oh My God, Justin Bieber, he's gorgeous. A little more journalistic investigation turned up the fact that in reality he's a 16 year old Canadian who doesn't know what the word German means.
Having listened to a couple of his songs, and I must confess that I'm more a Slipknot man myself so my opinion of Bieber is unlikely to be too high, I fail to see what all the fuss is about - however I would not wish him dead, even if only virtually. It appears not everyone is so generous.
Bieber has been flying high on Twitter, pretty much dominating the trending charts for months on end. Until now, following an apparent tweak to the Twitter trending algorithm Bieber has vanished from view from the social networking trending topics list. Twitter now looks for those things that are 'immediately popular' and representing the moment in time rather than taking a historically popular over a period of time viewpoint. Twitter is, of course, at pains to point out that Bieber has not been banned despite the facts appearing to suggest that he most certainly has been as far as the trending topics list is concerned.
But that is not enough for some people, who simply want to remove all traces of Bieber from their online experience. Look, I can't stand this type of teeny pop cack (being a heavily tattooed old fart into heavy rock this is in no way surprising) but I can cope quite well by simply not taking any notice of Bieber-mania by avoiding those sites where it is likely to be exploited. Others need a browser client extension such as Shaved Bieber which works with most websites, including the official Justin Bieber one ironically enough, and censors all images of Bieber from the browser. It even scrubs mentions of the name Bieber, effectively banning him from the web as far as any user of the Shaved Bieber tool is concerned. Simply save the tool as a bookmark and Bieber disappears from view.
Personal censorship is a reality and you can pretend to be a Chinese government official at long last.
And finally, as I mentioned I'm a huge Slipknot fan so have to just pay my respects to Paul Gray, bassist, founder member and songwriter who really has died at the age of 38 on Monday. Rest in peace, Paul - your music will live forever...