Dark Helmet's Favorite Posts Of The Week, Jerks….
from the dark-helmet-approved dept
So, apparently someone else was supposed to do the favorites this week, but failed to show up. I can only assume they were afraid of the trolls, which is understandable. In any case, I’ll keep this brief, for fear of upsetting Out Of The Blue and sending him/her/it into some kind of schizoid frenzy in which he kills a bunch of people at the local McDonald’s because they forgot the second pickle on his Big Mac….
1. Clearly the best written, most interesting story of the week was the tale of a dumbass porn company suing a mobile phone manufacturer. I mean, honestly, the writing? Top notch. I read the prose, the puns, the jokes, it was like a mix of Shakespeare, John Wayne, and whoever hosted The Bozo Show. Pure beauty. Let’s recommend whoever wrote this for an Oscar, shall we?
2. Look, all jokes aside, Techdirt managed to shed its opinion site mantra for a quick moment and break what I think is ultimately going to be a really big story. The United States Government, so long the pride of the world, has disgraced itself in the name of profit. Look, the political climate is very much charged these days, whether you’re a progressive liberal, a conservative republican, or even one of those weirdos cheering for Ron Paul. We all seem to find ourselves on some kind of a political line, where gangs have grown to make us feel some sense of loyalty for reasons I don’t think any of us can articulate. That said, political religion aside, I would hope against hope, pray against all prayer, plead with all the makers of every possible religion, that we would remit our pride in our country when the ruling leadership begins to usher in a time in which entire online outlets are shut down without legal cause. It is funny that we laugh at the ineptitude of our leaders, yet we do not shake at the crimes they occasionally — or not so occasionally — commit. Does that make us criminals? I don’t know. But read this story with true trepidation. Understand that there is much more at stake than just that in the details here. Read with fear and anger, and educate those around you that this is what is to come should we not act.
3. There are times when I think that we are in for a true fight, we folks on this side of the IP law debate. Then the other side pulls out a gun, aims it carefully at their own feet, and pulls the trigger gleefully, as though they were doing their side any good. Such was the MPAA this past week, essentially comparing their efforts with SOPA to the grand Chinese tradition of attempted and ineffectual thought control. Nothing says, “make me a campaign talking point” like comparing your goals to Chinese censorship.
Okay, there’s a ton of stories that get published every week on Techdirt, some of which I write, most of which I don’t. We’re coming up on the holiday season here, and I don’t know how much of a platform I’ll have here at the end of the year, so let me take a moment to thank everyone here in the spirit of the holidays. Honestly, it means a great deal to me to have Mike want me to write pieces of a great blog like Techdirt now and again. But, though I respect the hell out of Mike, the reason I love writing and commenting here is all of you. I’ve been spouting my crap around here for going on three years now. Those folks that have been here since then, or longer, God bless you for helping make Techdirt something special. Mike’s a smart guy, but I bet he’d concede that this site is made so much better by all of you, so please accept my sincerest thanks for making Techdirt a place I can call home online, as dumb as that sounds, and for helping this to be a platform to share news, information, and help those that wish to embrace the future, not cower in fear of it. Happy holidays people!