February 08, 2003

More on the "Ministry Of Silly Messages"

My report on UK Parliament Mail - The Ministry Of Silly Messages ( http://sethf.com/anticensorware/general/uk.php ) has been getting some coverage.

It's in The Inquirer, in an article Man solves un-parliamentary language conundrum

One critical insight I advocate in the spam-wars, is that the problem is going to be dealt with one way or another. Spam is not an "intellectual" problem, like sex-talk, hate-speech, etc. Spam is a "physical" problem, of cost-shifting and denial-of-service.

I suspect Parliament's trouble arise from conflating the "physical", the flood of solicitations, with the "intellectual", messages using words which were deemed an impropriety.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware , spam | on February 08, 2003 11:23 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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