Re: Patty Murray's "childsafe internet act" -- ugh!

Robert Harley (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 17:56:38 +0200 (MET DST)

I can see next century's history books now:

The purpose of the Murray Act of 1997 was not only to provide a medium
of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the
devotees of Childsafe Internet, but to make all other modes of online
activity impossible. It was intended that when the Murray Act of 1997
had been adopted once and for all and old net habits forgotten, a
heretical online activity---that is, a online activity diverging from
the principles of Childsafe Internet---should be literally
impossible, at least in so far as online activity is dependent on

Any ressemblance to the passage from 1984 on my home page is... intentional.