Being the Radical Free Market type guy that I am, the Fairness Doctrine represents what the Almighty Federal Government has always wanted. Power over the Individual. But according to head thug of the F.C.C (please abolish this moronic agency) seems to think that, if the Fairness Doctrine is put back into law, it would also cover the Internet.
“I think the fear is that somehow large corporations will censor their content, their points of view, right,” McDowell said. “I think the bigger concern for them should be if you have government dictating content policy, which by the way would have a big First Amendment problem.”
“Then, whoever is in charge of government is going to determine what is fair, under a so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine,’ which won’t be called that – it’ll be called something else,” McDowell said. “So, will Web sites, will bloggers have to give equal time or equal space on their Web site to opposing views rather than letting the marketplace of ideas determine that?”
You are right McDowell, it won’t be called that. It will be called “The Internet Patriot Act“. And will be instituted after some kind of “terrorist” (I use that term loosely) attack on the Internet. Don’t believe me? Ask Stanford law professor and digital legal activist Lawrence Lessig….
“There’s going to be an i-9/11 event, which doesn’t mean an al Qaeda event. What it means is an event where the instability, the insecurity, of the internet becomes manifest. Some major malicious event which then inspires the government into a response. Remember that after 9/11, the government dropped the Patriot Act in about 20 days, and it was passed, and the Patriot Act is huge. I remember someone asking a Justice Department official, how do they write such a large statute so quickly? The answer was, it’s been sitting in a drawer at the Justice Department for the last 20 years waiting for the event that would allow them to drop it. Of course the Patriot Act is filled with all sorts of insanity about changing the way civil rights are not protected by the government of the United States.
“I had dinner once with Richard Clark at the table and I said ‘is there an equivalent to the Patriot Act — an iPatriot Act — just sitting waiting for some substantial event just waiting for them to come have the excuse for radically changing the way the Internet works?’ And he said, ‘Of course there is’ — and I swear this is what he said, and quote — ‘and Vint Cerf is not going to like it very much.'”
I can hear it now. “What, you support people who write blogs that don’t like the Almighty Federal Government? You Commie”. Yes, there our “Conservatives” who believe this crap.