I’m visiting LA and rented a car for the duration of my stay. It’s a bit more upscale than my own vehicle. What that means, mostly, is that you better buckle your seat belt or that alarm will never stop. You better close the door or that beeper will make you crazy. You better start it up every day or so or the battery will drain, because the car uses energy whether or not you’re driving it. Even cars, it seems, protect us from ourselves these days.
And now Congress wants to censor the internet. It’s not easy to get a grip on exactly what the congressional bills involve, but the mere idea of control by that oh-so-out-of-touch agency is insupportable.
The internet has often been compared to the wild West, but unlike that long-ago phenomenon, the internet should never be tamed. To attempt to strap it down is like trying to control the ocean. Any effort in that direction is bound to result in nothing more than injustice and oppression.
Piracy, like shit, happens. It need not destroy, as long as we are individually vigilant. Let’s invest in individual education and wisdom, and stop shrinking our world through paranoia.