Wednesday, October 5, 2011

NY Wants To Make FREE SPEECH A Privilege


NY State Senators say we have too much free speech and introduce bill to fix that!

We've been pointing out a variety of attempts to push back on the First Amendment lately. One fertile ground for such attacks are local politicians carrying the "cyberbullying" banner, in various attempts to magically outlaw being a "jerk" online, usually by making it illegal to offend someone online. Of course, making someone's action illegal based on how someone else feels about it is all kinds of crazy. It also would seem to violate the very principles of the First Amendment, which bar Congress (and local governments) from passing any laws that take away one's right to free speech.

Proponents of a more refined First Amendment argue that this freedom should be treated not as a right but as a privilege — a special entitlement granted by the state on a conditional basis that can be revoked if it is ever abused or maltreated.

 If you'd like to see the full report (pdf), I warn you that it is almost entirely written IN ALL CAPS (for no clear reason, there are a few chunks that revert to normal capitalization -- including a big chunk in the middle, that starts mid-section). I have no idea why so much of the paper is in ALL CAPS, but I'm kind of offended by it. Can we please remove their "privilege" to put out such things until they've learned to not maltreat capital letters?

The paper attempts to list out various examples of types of cyberstalking and cyberbullying -- some of which seem pretty ridiculous:
LEAVING IMPROPER MESSAGES ON ONLINE MESSAGE BOARDS OR SENDING HURTFUL AND DAMAGING MESSAGES TO OTHERS;
"Improper"? Seem a little broad to you? Does that mean the next person who comments here about something off-topic is a cyberbully?
“FLAMING” (HURTFUL, CRUEL, AND OFTENTIMES INTIMIDATING MESSAGES INTENDED TO INFLAME, INSIGHT, OR ENRAGE);
Whoo boy. An awful lot of you in the comments better watch out...
“HAPPY SLAPPING” (RECORDING PHYSICAL ASSAULTS ON MOBILE PHONES OR DIGITAL CAMERAS, THEN DISTRIBUTING THEM TO OTHERS);
Holy crap. 2005 wants its silly "crazy children" meme back. Yes, there were a few instances of this extremely brief "fad" that came and went in like a month half a decade ago. Then the next internet meme came along.
"TROLLING” (DELIBERATELY AND DECEITFULLY POSTING INFORMATION TO ENTICE GENUINELY HELPFUL PEOPLE TO RESPOND (OFTEN EMOTIONALLY), OFTEN DONE TO PROVOKE OTHERS);
Ooh, once again. Commenters beware.
EXCLUSION (INTENTIONALLY AND CRUELLY EXCLUDING SOMEONE FROM AN ONLINE GROUP)....Read More at Tech Dirt


I have one more piece of Web-Info for the interested blogosphere. It has come to my attention through an inside source who travels in "the right circles" known only as "Deep Throat" that Our Dear Leader has been meeting secretly with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in California on a weekly basis recently!...via Jim Quinn

I just wonder if this may have anything to do with the orchestrated Leftist "Day of Rage" Wall Street protests spreading around the nation. All the BIG NAMES in Leftie media are jumping into the fray and Facebook / Twitter posts have played a major role in organizing these events. MoveOn.org, SEIU, AFL-CIO, Cop Watch, ACORN subsidiaries, Russia Today, and many Soros legions are in full support as well....Just asking...

Are we ready for THIS on 10/10/2011?...

4 comments:

Mark Adams said...

This says it all "more refined" Love how the left always try and refine (and redefine) the constitution and federalist papers.
Even if they passed such a law, I'll speak my mind, pay the fine and (rinse) & repeat.

And anonymous, for threaten nyse.com, is an idiot. Stocks are not traded on a dot-com. So he/she has wasted their time with the threat.

Scott said...

That would be my response exactly! Expect FCC efforts at similar regulation soon. With instant trading there could be some disruption in trading...Last year auto-trade sent the market reeling.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

They're coming after us ... beam me up Scotty!

Scott said...

Aye aye Capn! "You are not being paranoid if they are really after you."