Don Allen Facebook (right) and have both been used extensively under Fair Comment
and Criticism by various entities, blog post by John Hoff
A ceasefire in the vicious North Minneapolis "blog wars" has been called by the two major players, JNS blog and Don Allen of IBNN, as first announced here on JNS blog and now subsequently announced by Don Allen upon IBNN. With the ceasefire now publicized by both parties, it is becoming more and more of a reality.
"Don and John" (or "John and Don?") have discussed the possibility of mediation or other direct and formal talks...
...and these private preliminary talks can be characterized as cordial.
After all, Don and John were quite friendly at one time. It was Don Allen who taught JNS blog how to access and make use of the jail roster, and both of us saw a great deal of possibility in the defunct Northside Marketing Task Force and the "rebranding" of North Minneapolis. It was the question of "how can we make some decent money while trying to help our neighborhood through social media?" which first brought us together.
And it was conflicts within social media that tore us apart. I will note that Mr. Allen is incredibly pleasant and gregarious in person and a sharp dresser who takes pride in his appearance. He is a bon vivant who loves the good life and believes everybody deserves a chance to live the American Dream, a sentiment he often articulates when talking about oppressed groups.
Mr. Allen is obviously informed about all sorts of issues, a quality Mr. Allen shares with Johnny Northside. In many ways (it's scary how many ways) we are more alike than different. It is a shame we have been bitter for so long. Even a kind of strained neutrality would be better than such bitterness.
For the historic record, JNS blog wishes to preserve the "ceasefire" posting on IBNN as follows: