Boston GLOB: "End Free Speech"
This is totally disgusting.
"At stake is the basic question of what we will allow people to say and do online, whether it's on a message board, a Craigslist ad, or a YouTube video - and who gets to set the rules governing what's OK and what's not. As the Web grows increasingly interactive, the system of informal and formal rules that determines appropriate behavior is only beginning to emerge, and thinkers on both sides of the debate agree that courts can go a long way toward shaping it. The argument over what to do about online speech, in other words, is an argument over whether the Web's unruly nature is something to be celebrated or tamed."
Again, my blood pressure as been raised to the point I'm about to have a stroke.
"There's a notion in the law that if you tell a secret to another person you just risk that they might betray you," Solove says, "that if you tell a friend or spouse your secret and they spread it, you shouldn't have trusted them, it's tough luck and you should find new friends. I think that is problematic."
Sure, that is a problem, but is it something we need to point guns at people over? Remember the adage "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Those are words my mother imparted to me long ago. I never worry about what people say about me, only what they do to me."
To the GLOB's credit, they do have people from the FFF and other proponents of free speach. The idea of limiting free speech is abhorrent to me. The reason you shouldn't yell "Fire" in a crowded theatre is because the theatre owner controls what goes on in his establishment, and will kick your ass out, and sue for damages (refunds, damage to property, fire protection inspection).