Monday, February 15, 2010

Going dark

Is it worth it? I doubt it. Over the past several days a few tidbits of information have converged into my life causing me to question the cost-benefit of an Internet presence, specifically blogging and comment posting.
Those tidbits are:
1) Government projects to install supercomputers around the country to analyze intel.

2) A judge in Illinois having a knee-jerk reaction because a flamboyant defendant gave his customers the judge’s e-mail address and said judge was flooded with e-mails supporting the innocence of the defendant.

3) A recent case in Illinois where the anonymity of a poster was revealed to the court so he could be prosecuted.

4) Obama administration efforts to squelch critics on the Internet.

The downside of these enforcement efforts include:
1) Libel
2) Copyright infringement
3) Contempt of court

Just the allegation of any of these could put you in court. Anyone can sue. And all they have to do is outlast you. And we all know of some crazy rulings.

One would hope that others would come to the rescue, but as Michael Savage learned recently you fight your battles alone.

Frankly, it isn’t worth the risk for an audience of 10, or 100, or even 100,000.

Good night, Mrs. Calabash.

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