February 14, 2003


Censorware is about control. I say that repeatedly. The biggest public-relations victory the censorware-makers ever achieved, was to get censorware called a "filter", and to have that control described as "filtering". It's not mere partisanship. Rather, the terms "filter" and "filtering" channel the discussion into a thought-pattern of extracting the assumed, bad, even toxic, material, leaving a purified result. As opposed to censorware, which concerns what's required to control a person, to prevent them reading prohibited content. I have a sinking feeling I'm going to be saying this over and over again in the run-up to the Supreme Court CIPA arguments.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on February 14, 2003 01:01 AM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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