Technology has always has the edge over regulations and laws. Common sense is not necessarily subject o technology or anything else. One suggestion was to not lie, cheat or steal. This is similar to the honor code at my alma mater, VMI, except for one key component in VMI’s – nor tolerate those who do. We danced around this self-regulation aspect for some time. There is an excellent summary here of the different arguments.
We all have reputations we work to cultivate, protect and live by. Bloggers are no different (leaving aside the Not Larry Sabato’s of the world). Those bloggers who make it a habit of posting libelous or slanderous posts will make names for themselves and respectable bloggers will take note. Simple. We do not tolerate those who violate and unwritten code. Setting high expectations should not be that difficult. I have been accused of being an idealist; so be it.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Sometimes politicians can’t leave well enough alone.
This is an interesting time.
Copied entirely from Will Vehr’s writing at Bacon’s Rebellion.
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