Internet Censorship

by Mike Shea on 10 March 2003

This article on Online Smut Prohibition shows how agenda-wielding politicians will use our current focus on terrorism and homeland defense to push the thousand year old argument against porn. Yes, it's kiddie porn they're fighting which is a horrible problem, but how far is it until we're burning books in the streets? Just because a beaurocrat picks a topic no one will argue against doesn't mean it's a good idea.

My new favorite quote found on World of Ends attributed from John Gilmore, Entrepreneur and Civil Libertarian :

"The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it"

Is the internet the ultimate social equalizer that treats idiotic legislation like a bad router and simply finds another way? Since we've gone from Napster to Nutzilla to Kazaa, it would appear so. I stated a while back that movie studios need to figure out how to distribute movies faster and easier than the internet or it is only a matter of time before they're eaten up by mp3s just like the RIAA. If their idiotic rating policies and attempts to back DIVX as a home theater medium are any evidence, they won't. They will try to harm the consumer world with legislation, low quality products, high costs, and fifty year old distribution systems rather than work with new technology and make the world a better place. I hate fucking beaurocrats.

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