Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Even the Russians want to censor the internet...wait

I guess it's good news that this is news, but now the Russians are contemplating setting up their own Great Firewall of Russia.  They want to censor "child pornography, promote teenage suicide, ... spread information about drugs ... and similar types of content".

Now even most people understand the slippery slope there.  Even most people understand how censorship can start on something legitimate, like child pornography, and be expanded to things that are not legitimate to censor, like political speech somebody disagrees with.

But the mass media in the U.S. has got the public so brainwashed about copyright that they don't see how it is exactly the same thing.  If you're censoring the internet because of copyright concerns, you're still shutting people up.

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