"The red scare wasn't terrorism, it was political opportunism"
How charmingly naive. If you think the red scare was political opportunism and current day terrorism isn't, then it simply illustrates just how good the government has become at doing what they do.
Propaganda is alive and well my friend, only now instead of posters featuring crudely stereotypical depictions of 'the enemy' with monstrously exaggerated features, you have the slick media machine of Hollywood churning it out.
The only reason you're scared of your neighbour is because that's what the media is telling you. How many people do you know that have been victims of homegrown terror attacks?
How many homegrown terror attacks have actually occured? Subtract those which were FBI showboating, I'm talking about real terror attacks.
"As soon as people figured it out, suddently there was no issue."
You're not the only Techdirter with a taste for Shpongle, and psybient in general. In fact I'm heading to a music festival in just over a month where they're headlining, and I'm glad that they're getting a slice of my ticket price.
The internet is the perfect distribution for niche genres like psybient. Music shops are predisposed to fill the shelf space with the Miley Cirii of the world, however the internet can be as long tail as it likes.
Glad to see Simon saw the light, hopefully this bodes well for Shpongle and Twisted's future.
While I don't doubt some in the US government will try to use this to their advantage, I still really doubt that this is the main reason for the current reaction. I'd chalk it up to pure incompetence first.
Really, Mike? Really? Plans were already drawn up, the government was looking for an excuse to implement them, Wikileaks comes along and you give them the benefit of the doubt?
Well, good on ya mate, I guess you're more trusting than I am.
This is from the same government that asked Wikileaks to 'return the documents'.
The governments of the world are made up of people whom the internet caught by surprise. The rules have changed to the degree that a small group of people have caused a superpower (are we still calling America that?) to trip over itself in confusion.
Unfortunately, events of the last few years have led me to believe that the halcyon anarchist days of the internet are numbered. For every Wikileaks, there's an ACTA, COICA or internet filter in the works.