I were in music, writing, art, etc. a day wouldn't go by where I would be blown away by fans like that.
I totally get that some people are shy, introverted, and find it hard or are not interested in finding ANY way of making that kind of connection with people. On the other hand, look what that connection can do!
As someone who loves books as a physical artifact, I still like and buy ebooks for the reasons you mentioned. I only have so much room for stuff in my house, and I'm pretty sure my wife would smother me in my sleep if I ran out of shelf space in the computer room (I'm about 75% capacity on my 6 ft bookcases) and insisted on being able to start putting books in other rooms of the house just because I think they look impressive on the shelf.
ebooks let me create two tiers of value on books that's helpful in my daily life:
The bibliophile in me can buy the physical copies of the books I genuinely intend to keep because they're great repeat reads, they look pretty, etc.
The reader in me can get ebooks to have easy access to public domain titles, and books I'm willing to pay for to read, but don't want to have to worry about the space taken up by one.more.paperback.
Everyone involved points a finger at each other. A Congressional inquiry will be made where loud voices will be spoken, and more fingers pointed. A mid-high level functionary will be forced to resign into an executive level position with a security or defence company. The government claims immunity from prosecution as the culprit was a terrorist anyway (that they created the terrorist is beside the point), so no restitution is made for the victims.
What Marcus said, then again, you really think that downloading Avatar is worse than murder?
I'm only saying that because if someone is accused of murder, the cops would still need a warrant to search a suspects belongings and property, you know, a process that would make sure that there's a real reason to root through your stuff and your privacy.
If CISPA were the law of the land, such procedures would not be necessary in regard to your digital belongings. The best way this makes sense in my mind is if infringment was worse than murder. A crime so foul that one's rights as a citizen don't matter.
If the activity is clearly unlawful, why are more measures needed? More importantly, why do the measures have to be so broad as to fundamentally affect how valuable technologies work (SOPA and the internet), or outright violate our liberties (CISPA, and the 4th Amendment)?
Perhaps even more importantly, if these measures are the best solutions our lawmakers have to offer, maybe the laws that prohibit these activities are too broad or no longer relevant.
I've always thought that it was just tacky to do it. Isn't it enough that you can fire someone if you tell an employee how work software and hardware uses are allowed, but the employee abuses/misuses it?
Sending a tasteless joke via email can certainly be grounds for dismissal, but unless it's hiding or distributing malware, there no hacking involved at all.
I think it's pretty clear that Facebook would be the type of site that he should have stayed away from, because it covers or is the modern equivalent to the listed banned activities. Then again, since most websites include those functions to some degree a little guidance should be given. Should the fact that Amazon has a forum function make it a disallowed site?
I will say that it's one thing to know it, and another thing to not consider it in the act.
There was interesting article about it in National Geographic a few months ago. Young adults are wired to wieght actions and consequences in a different way then when one is older. Looking before leaping is essentially a part of being young.
So, Mike... are you a journalist, or just a storyteller?
5/10 Bold New Troll!
Novel attempt to conflate a dramatic monologist with the writer/editor of a website where:
- The articles link to sources.
- Open discussion of those sources are allowed by enrolled and anonymous posters.
- Updates/Retractions are openly and clearly made, when necessary.