November 10, 2003
Don't hate the UN yet? Get a load of this:
Small countries in the United Nations have been arguing to put the Internet under the control of the UN so that countries can more easily monitor (read: control) Internet content. It's on hold for now, but this could become a very real censorship problem, very soon. Some nations have gone so far as to suggest "monitoring boards" for internet content.
Oh, I'll just bet they have. Can't let that freewheeling interchange of ideas get, you know, out of hand.
PS: what do you want to bet the most strident of the überloons who think John Ashcroft has bugged their modems because they have Ché posters on their dorm-room walls will be screaming in joy at the idea of the blue helmets "monitoring" the internet?
(Via that puppy-blending, secret-misogynist Glenn Reynolds.)
Posted by Andrea Harris at November 10, 2003 10:25 PM
The UN, aided and abetted by left media and academia whose influence is threatened by the 'net; those same who otherwise bend over backwards to defend the most debased 'arthouse' cinema violence from censorship.
So, do I get to become a radical subversive in the event that I keep blogging after the UN takes over? That would be cool--except for the whole "languishing in prison/re-education camp" part.
Seriously, the UN sucks. Or, to use 'net speak:
OMGWTF un sUxxORz!!111!!
On second thought, let 'em monitor. Their heads will explode after about a week of sifting through the 733t teenie text-messaging speak.
Stuff like this scares me. The pendulum swings back and forth. Sooner or later we're going to get another apeasnik administration and they're going to say, "The Internet is used by the whole world so the rest of the world should have some say about it and blah blah blather..." and they'll team up with the RIAA gestapo and the "aaarrrggghhh... my kid is looking at pron on the Internet" crowd and before you know it there'll be no more Internet... at least not like we know it.