A Possible Silver Lining

November 17, 2011 § 2 Comments

CYBERCRIME

Here’s a nice, and nicely bitter, post about the Protect Walt Disney and Stop Online Anything acts — which as I said yesterday are pretty much the worst (most short-sighted, cynical, herp-derp freedom hatin) things that could be done to the Internet (capital I because in this case we’re also talking infrastructure). On the other hand, part of me thinks that a swift passage of something as fascist and terrible as these bills might actually be GOOD for the i/Internet, in the long run. Because these bills would end up negatively affecting even casual internet users, and when Joe the Emailer ends up Effed in the A for, like, going online, then you’re more likely to see the kind of dissent that might force cooler heads to prevail. Additionally, the second either law is passed it’ll be challenged, and when it’s challenged the gubment will have no choice but to “make an example of someone” (i.e. an 11 year-old Star Wars fan) and you can bet your bippy that every free speech legal whoever will descend on the case and make sure it gets kicked up higher and higher, and it will be a circus, and seeing as the laws could absolutely and in all likelihood WILL result in censorship, and not just of the “FAWKS NOOZ WON’T LET ME TALK MY TALKING POINT” variety, I can’t imagine they’ll hold legal water and/or could withstand the impending grassroots deluge.

Obviously, it would be better if the bills never make it out of Congress. But if they do, we’re not entirely screwed just yet, in fact, might be able to generate some really important discussions & actually do something to protect our beloved internet, verily the land of milk and honey and cats and penises and everything else that is awesome and weird and in all seriousness worth defending.

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§ 2 Responses to A Possible Silver Lining

  • nightwork says:

    “a swift passage of something as fascist and terrible as these bills might actually be GOOD for the i/Internet, in the long run. Because these bills would end up negatively affecting even casual internet users, and when Joe the Emailer ends up Effed in the A for, like, going online, then you’re more likely to see the kind of dissent that might force cooler heads to prevail”

    This exactly. If this all goes into effect and they start pursuing the things outlawed under it and shutting down websites and prosecuting ppl, how amazingly exploitable is that? How easy would it be for a coalition of like-minded individuals posting banned content/links to basically overwhelm the system?

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