[FoRK] FactCheck.org: Sliming Palin

J. Andrew Rogers andrew at ceruleansystems.com
Thu Sep 11 12:29:10 PDT 2008

On Sep 10, 2008, at 6:17 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
> Thank * for the Internet.  And thank *' for pretty much preventing  
> censorship effectiveness in any reasonable net connection outside of  
> China.  And the money that the porn / film / video game industry has  
> pulled in has probably made that cat way too large to ever put back  
> into a bag again.  And if that cat can't be herded, it's likely that  
> little else will be.  Beyond possibly-useful-to-terrorists  
> scientific information, which is a shame but probably pretty limited  
> and mostly futile.  Although chemistry sets or some suitable  
> replacement seriously needs to make a comeback.
> We'll have to fight this stuff all over again in the nano-assembler  
> and pocket drug/DNA/virus assembler ages.  Now those will be  
> interesting times.

The internet *has* made a massive dent in both political and cultural  
censorship.  It represents a golden age of free and virtually  
uncontrollable dissemination of information.

Unfortunately, it did not take long for the soft censorship of  
pervasive prior restraint, legal and regulatory overload, and a  
pathological cultural obsession with turning the world into a padded  
rubber cell to roll back a significant portion of the benefits we  
should be enjoying from the Internet.

I have to wonder if the fact that information was much harder to come  
by when I was a kid was not offset in large part by the fact that we  
were allowed to do and essentially get away with far more back then.


J. Andrew Rogers

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