I must warn you, the blog post you are about to read, may involve profanity, and rage. As a lot of things we recently fought, and won against, are making a comeback.
Tonight, I was reading some news, that Stephen Fry had posted on Twitter. It came from the website of Techdirt, it documented an account of PayPal being forced to be the morality police with Smashwords, an e-book distributor. Here is a link to that article:
The reason I’m writing to you of this, is because I am a true believer of Freedom Of Speech, the ability to say, write or publish anything you want, without the fear of recourse from someone else. I suggest you read the article at the link above, to understand what I’m going on about. As Techdirt mentioned, recently we had a bout with SOPA/PIPA bills in the US. I myself am not apart of the US, and have been dealing with similar Bills in Canada. I was truly glad that the bills were stopped, as soon as President Obama said, that he doesn’t support such a bill as those two. Here we are again, some moralists telling Authors they can’t publish and sell works to their customers because of flagged material, any sort of erotica is frowned upon. They are punishing authors because they don’t want to realize that the biggest sex organ on a species such as the human race is the brain, and that if we weren’t hardwired to procreate, we wouldn’t need erotica.
This is why the general public needs to educate themselves, to be smarter about what’s going on around them. In order for SOPA/PIPA to have been stopped, people had to rise up and take charge to save their internet. The same had to be done for us Canadians to take control and stop a major company from raping us on internet charges for downloads. They tried to implement Usage Based Billing, and force third-party providers renting their lines to put caps in place, which previously either had large caps in place, or no cap at all. The caps were a measly 30 GBs per month, now for the general browser, and light usage, for those who constantly work, it doesn’t sound so bad for them, if they’re at the office, but for small business owners, who rely on these smaller companies, it’s not enough, being charged a puntload on internet costs could make them go belly up. So people stood up for that cause, and had it stopped, and in both instances, we had to get the current leaders in power to back us up. For the US, Obama stated he wanted no part of the SOPA/PIPA bills, and for us Canadians, it was Harper who said “Change it or we’ll do it for you, to our Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission, who is made up of a good portion of previous and current executives from the major companies Bell and Rogers.
In order for free speech to survive, and people to not be stifled by others, people need to learn that freedom of speech is a right of everyone, and that censorship is not acceptable to everyone. I can understand if someone wants to prevent their child to buy something that isn’t meant for them, say a porno mag, or a Mature rated video game, this is why we have rating systems to help educate parents on what’s good for their kid, not being soccer moms and telling someone else to do their job. Personally, I’d rather see a parent take the time and educate themselves and trust in their judgement to find what’s best for their kid, rather than complaining to a company because they allowed someone to make the product anyway. If the product is rated for someone like an Adult, why would you give it to a kid in the first place? I find this sort of extremist soccer mom mentality irritating and annoying, these people just need to think before speaking, and do some research, like the rest of us, and then worry about making an argument or not. Itchy trigger fingers are what get people in trouble, as there is always someone available to correct the mistake, and make the other person look like a fool. Instead of being sucked into that type of situation, take the time, and do some research, and find out more about what you are so pissed about with a product, before going ballistic.