Re: ~ It's about time

From Chuck0 <>
Date Mon, 15 Nov 1999 21:15:58 -0500
Organization Mid-Atlantic Infoshop is da Bomb
References <>

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Bronc Buster wrote:
> [: hacktivism :]
> On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Legba Carrefour wrote:
> > [: hacktivism :]
> >
> > Whee. Supressing free speech is the answer to our problems!
> >
> > This sounds like a "free speech for me but not for thee". Hacktivism
> > isn't about suppressing someone's right to free speech, it's about
> > enabling free speech, enabling the flow of information to the people who
> > are lied to or have no idea about the issue at all.
> Not true! People who have web sites up can spew whatever it is they want
> to say 24/7/365. If someone were to change the contents of a web site, and
> it remained changed for a few hours, how have they _REALLY_ infringed on
> their freedom of speech? Take all the hours in a year, minus 2 or 3 and
> you still have a big number. If you went to get ultra-anal-technical, you
> can say you have infringed on their rights, but then again if you do it in
> a way that brings attention to whatever cause it is you are fighting for,
> it could be better for your cause. Sometimes a "pie in the face" can draw
> more attention to your cause then putting up a thousand web sites
> contering their views.

I agree. This is what I say all the time on library lists when I argue
against the morons who want to install filtering software in libraries.

It should be pointed out that that web pages on the service that
provides space for this list, TAO, is being blocked by several filtering
products. My website is blocked by numerous censorware products.

Free speech for everybody may seem like a bourgeois/liberal concept,
until you discover that YOUR stuff is being blocked, filtered and


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