Anyone that regularly reads this blog knows it’s apolitical. Although I’m passionate regarding history, politics, and government; I use The Sales Lion as a means to help businesses kick some web and marketing butt in the information age. But today I’ve decided to break my own rules.
It’s time to talk a little politics.
I read a very disturbing article today regarding our government and their recent shutdown of 73,000 blogs. That’s right, I did just say 73,000. Here’s a snippet:
After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse”. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result.
So here is the deal—I do understand that there is quite a bit of illegal ‘stuff’ that happens online. Yes, many sites are wrongfully using piracy to steal music, video, movies, etc. But one thing is for sure:
73,000 PEOPLE SHOULDN’T SUFFER FOR THE SINS OF A FEW
I just can’t stand it when government finds the ability to screw up individual rights and freedoms all for the sake of more REGULATION. Do idiots like Joe Biden, who btw probably doesn’t even know what the word ‘blog’ means, realize how many of these hard-working men and women they’ve just financially ruined? So much for a freaking stimulus package. I mean what the heck is going one here??
If I had to put it all in a nutshell, I’d say what’s going on goes something like this:
1. Joe Biden knows jack about the internet and the impact it has on small businesses, and was likely given this job because there is nothing else he’s capable of doing in the Whitehouse.
2. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel needs to stop trying to flex her new-found muscles and use her brain before she continues to throw the hard work and efforts away of bloggers all over the stinking globe.
3. This may be the beginning of something really, really bad. I hope I’m wrong, but good grief the government really appears to have its head up its own tail on this one.
But I’ll stop there as I’m already more fired-up than need be for a Saturday night. I’d be curious to know your thoughts on the matter. And btw, before anyone starts yapping about how some regulation is necessary, let me state that yes, some is needed in the wild-west of the internet. But the key word is SOME, with a whole lot of freaking common-sense mixed in with it.
OK, that’s enough for now. Opinions anyone or am I just fretting over nothing? Come on guys and gals, where do you stand?