This Blogger Highlight, takes a look at Dizzy Dezzi. Sorry about the delay Dizzy, those links gave me hell. I finally figured out what was going on. I think there are a lot of us, that have the same thoughts that Dizzy has.
“The World’s Worst Internet Laws Sneaking Through the Senate”
August 03, 2006
The Convention on Cybercrime is a sweeping treaty that has been waiting in the wings of the Senate for nearly three years. Now the administration is putting pressure on the Senate to ratify it in the next two days. If it does, it would mean the U.S. would enforce not just our own, but the rest of the world’s bad Net laws. Call your Senator now, and ask them to hold its ratification.
[Update: The Cybercrime Treaty was ratified by the Senate late last night. The U.S. will now have to comply to requests for assistance from fifteen countries, and growing.]” (READ MORE…)
I found this over at “The Truth Will Set You Free” and it got me thinking about the latest anti-free speech efforts against bloggers in just the last week and then I started thinking about my favorite blogs, even about my own blog.
When I first started writing on my blog, I sent out a mass email to all my friends with the subject header: “What If You Started A Blog And Nobody Came?”. Now I am wondering about the people who actually do visit my site. If some visitor from another country is offended by what I say, can someone like me be arrested for my opinion? How can I avoid committing thoughtcrime in another country, even though my thoughts are not illegal in this country?
A lot more often, lately, I feel like Alice in Wonderland. I stepped into the Looking Glass a long time ago and the longer it takes me to reach the rabbit hole, the more weird and outrageous this world that I live in becomes.
I nibble on this and sip on that to find perspective for the things I see and hear on a daily basis. Some days I feel big, like nothing in the world can stop my momentum. But, most days I feel small, like everything I ever dreamed of accomplishing in this life, is out of my reach.
But, like Alice, although I feel like crying, A LOT, I feel I must keep trudging along to find my way home. Hope is the only thing that I have to keep me moving.
Hope that our leaders are not so dumb or as cold as they seem to my fellow citizens or the rest of the world. Hope that all the bravado being strutted around on the world stage is just that; a whole lot of bluster and no real substance. Hope that my fellow citizens have not allowed themselves to become Dodo’s being led to the edge of the abyss.
Blogging is how I keep that hope alive. It is the only voice I have and the internet is one of the few places where I can scream as loud as I want without fear of offending anyone or being ticketed for screaming too loudly.
With this new Cybercrime Treaty, all that could change. Something completely innocent in the US, the country I am blogging from, could get me in legal hot water in another country. And, of course, when it comes to the law, ignorance of it is no defense.
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would be suspicious that this is yet another ploy to silence bloggers and other people who post on the web under the guise of hunting down spammers and pedophiles.
After thinking this over I have decided that I will continue blogging until they pull this keyboard out of my knarly rigored hands. I will continue to scream injustice whenever I can and I will continue to inform those who wish to read what I have to say until it is physically impossible for me to do so.
Fear is a tactic that TPTB try to stop us from doing what is right (at least, these days). But, for me, fear is the motivator that keeps me inching towards the rabbit hole and back through the Looking Glass to the world I expect to be able to hand proudly to my children when they are full grown.