Politicians Still Trying To Outlaw Being A Jerk
from the it's-not-going-to-work dept
Reader eoinmonty writes in to let us know that Irish politicians are pressuring mobile phone companies to stop mobile phone bullying, and saying that if the companies can’t do so, they’ll be forced to put in place laws that require them to stop bullying. The whole thing is rather ridiculous, and, as one phone company rep accurately pointed out: “It is unrealistic and unfair to expect mobile phone operators to solve what is a broader societal problem.” Indeed. It seems as if politicians think that somehow the mobile operators can just snap their fingers and stop undesired activity. They can’t. And, to let them in on a little secret: even passing a law won’t do much to help. People are going to be bullies — and passing a law or asking the mobile phone companies to hold back the tide won’t do much to stop them.