Reddit’s mods aren’t boycotting a site they dislike: they’re imposing a ban against it on millions of users. They haven’t reluctantly imposed censorship to comply with national law, or even with Reddit’s own policies (the site is vehemently against trying to “out” users’ real identities). Instead, they’ve issued retaliatory bans against a writer, and his outlet, because they don’t like what he is saying.
Reddit’s new stance appears to be that free speech is great – as long it’s speech it agrees with. Which is a position the RIAA (which seeks to close sites linking to pirate content), or even China’s Communist party could happily agree with.James Ball: Reddit wants free speech – as long as it agrees with the speaker
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| 1 noteDo you still care about the future of SOPA/PIPA? And internet freedom?
… if so, you should read our Q&A with expert Clay Shirky, who is online *now* for an hour to debate with you on the issue.
Remember: the Tumblr community was united on this issue - but the fight isn’t over!
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Search on the these terms – “don’t understand” Sopa Congress – and you’ll find a lots of blogposts and news stories making this point. Sopa, of course, stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act, which may or may not be stalled at the moment.
Change “don’t” to “doesn’t’ and “Congress” to “Rupert Murdoch” in that search and you’ll find a bunch of new ones stemming from Murdoch’s spate of Tweets over the weekend, in which he denounced Sopa opponents and took special aim at his longstanding object of loathing, Google. Two of the resulting “he doesn’t understand” pieces came from people whose work I greatly respect: see this post at the Guardian by Jeff Jarvis, and this one by Mathew Ingram at the GigaOm technology blog.
I beg to differ. What we’re seeing does not derive from any misunderstanding. Rather, I’m convinced, this concerted push to censor the internet, through measures that would fundamentally break it, stems from a very clear understanding of what’s at stake.Dan Gilmor on SOPA; read the full article here