random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Censorship is stupid and repugnant for two empirical reasons: censors are men no better than ourselves, their judgments no less fallible or open to dishonesty. Secondly, the thing won't work; those who really want to get hold of a book will do so somehow.

tagged: censorship, tyranny
  —George Steiner, George Steiner, Language and Silence. Cited by David Bollier, Liberty & Justice for Some: Defending a free society from the Radical Right's holy war on democracy. People for the American Way, Washington, DC: 1982. p. 167.

Archive for June, 2007

more linkblogging

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

why? because i keep seeing interesting things but don’t have enough time to get all discursive on ‘em. in the realm of stupid, check out ASCAP’s contribution to the “let’s teach our kids the copyright corporations’ view of copyright” animated video wars: “Donny the Downloader“. spam subject of the day: apocalyptic daze dinnerware. i like […]

something old, something new

Monday, June 18th, 2007

natch.net posts an old entertainment industry license — a patent license on a 1906 recording. and encryption awesomeness: firegpg. works beautifully in gmail. if you’re a mac user you’ll have to specify the gpg path in firefox tools > gpg > options; the default install is /usr/local/bin/gpg . (joe hall who pointed it to me […]

crossing my screen today

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

How to give a great man-to-man hug — a hilarious video from the developing world of masculinity studies. I went to it on the off-chance that it was actually funny, and was well-rewarded for my optimism. Kitty not happy tshirts at work: The salon.com column “dear cary” handles various ethics and manner type issues, and […]

brownback; verb, to pander …

Friday, June 15th, 2007

In the tradition of santorum, comes now brownbacking — a verb that describes pandering to Biblical literalists by casting doubt on evolution and science. See Spanish Inquisition for the history of the term.

press the piracy button now, please

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Regal Entertainment Group has designed a little device so movie-goers can wirelessly complain about things that are affecting their experience, plus, of course, PIRACY! New York Magazine had a great idea about what to do with the device at Pirates of the Caribbean 3: First of all, we’re amused by the button marked PIRACY. We […]


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