Jan. 18th, 2012

SOPA etc

Jan. 18th, 2012 07:52 pm
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I'm more than a little pissed off at sites which are supposed to be international constantly distracting me with foreign politics, whatever that politics is and whatever that foreign country might be.

Yes, SOPA would be a very bad law and, yes it would have implications on the wider internet community, including myself. But, you know what, I have sod all influence over that. That's the way empires work: foreign people you don't vote for shit on you. We've all had to get used to that from the US recently, and from Britain before that, &c. (And what did the Romans ever do for us? :-)).

What's unexpected is the implicit imperialism of sites who are supposed to be good guys, like Dreamwidth, Wikipedia, and so on, who I'm sure have perfectly good geolocation databases, inflicting foreign politics on the rest of us who have quite enough of our own, or else don't really care about the collateral damage in what are, to them, far flung shores.

I'm all for sites taking all measures to influence US politicians to stop being idiots or, with a greater likelihood of success, educating the US electorate to stop electing idiots, but I don't see why I need to be bombarded with nasty things which may well happen and over which I have absolutely no control or influence, as if the Internet were some new kind of Daily Mail.

It's bad enough that my, predominantly English and Welsh, Twitter followers insisted on retweeting US domestic politics and crime stories ad nauseum: now it's being done by the sites themselves.

(By the way, did anyone else notice that the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 removes the requirement that even a single member of the government advisory panel on drugs have any relevant experience of expertise in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary science, or chemistry? It seems that finding a single appropriate member of any of those professions who advised the government how it wished to be advised was proving too difficult. Or the bit about the elected police? Or the bit about protests in parliament square? Or the bit about local authorities being given powers to seize and retain property and cause it to be forfeit on the passing of council byelaws on whatever matter they see fit? No? I guess the news was full of New Hampshire Primaries and bloody SOPA and PIPA nonsense over which we have no influence, but can occupy ourselves worrying about).

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