The Right Heads Right…

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Stop SOPA

Whats the difference between the Great Chinese Firewall and SOPA, let see none...

As agreement on copyright law have never seen to break down neatly along partisan lines in the past, yet it appears today is different.  As here many of the key supporters championing the Stop Online Piracy Act are interestingly enough from the yes political right. Here legislation which is supported by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is enjoying support from none other than the right-leaning, corporate-funded organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Tax Reform.  Yes the typical big brother folks who you would think would be on the side of big media.  Hey wait a minute, isn’t “big media” a liberal left leaning institution after all?

Yet here is a lesson as a growing number of right-leaning individuals as well as organizations have come out vocally against SOPA. Even as of last week, the Heritage Foundation which is one of the nation’s most influential “conservative” think tanks senior researcher and fellow James Gattuso has published an article warning about the “unintended consequences” of SOPA..

It’s in his manifesto of sorts that Gattuso points out that SOPA would in fact undermine Internet security by delaying the implementation of DNSSEC by pushing Internet users to use offshore DNS servers to circumvent DNS blocks. The article also warned that this new government regulation of “search results” would be “the first step down a classic slippery slope of government interference that has no clear stopping point.”

While Gattuso takes no issue with “stealing” needs to stop [as in online privacy], he argues Congress should deal with the problem “in a way that does not disrupt the growth of technology, does not weaken Internet security, and respects free speech rights.”  As its here he doesn’t think SOPA fits the bill as just think about this way as SOPA will “censor” and yes I used the “C” word your DNS!  Do you know what that means?  Most “Joe” averages do not, however DNS (Domain Name Service) is the unsung hero of the internet which makes the internet “human” usable as without it would be nothing more than a bunch of octets.

It also mean the US Government would be encroaching upon the right to free speech there have been many discussions in the past too regarding DNS and the domain (pardon the pun) of free speech.   As the kicker here is there is nothing as Gattuso points out for users not to point their browsers to off shore DNS services.  So we’ve made a lot of ado yet solved nothing other than pushing more “authority” off American shores which is bad for commerce as yes liberals seem to forget without commerce there won’t be people to “legally” buy their products as they just tossed the baby out the 30th floor window with the bath water.

Yet you know what scares me even more, ok think about it for minute [insert pause here] as yes this is the US’s version of the “Great Chinese Firewall”.  As when you start controlling DNS, you start controlling the “free word” and we are a nation based upon our rights of “free speech”  and edification of DNS is no different than the banning of books because someone seems to think they know better…

Gerrymandering for a Modern Time…

Life is but a board-game played with electrons...

Maybe it was the word “gerrymandering”, much like “periwinkle” being fun to say as it rolls off the tongue as it was around the 4th grade in elementary school  where I learned of its magic.  Wait a minute there, “magic” you say as how does this qualify with the sleight of hand performed by David Copperfield or the amazement Chris Angel brings?  To me this opened a new door in my mind to “systems thinking” whereas one could assess a changing political landscape and dynamically adjust it within an allowable rule set for gain much a kin to playing chess.  Here is where I learned to look at the big picture, yes in the 4th grade and 40 years later it’s still sits in my head like it was yesterday!

As a side note, while writing this post, went to Wikipedia and to my astonishment, dismay and outright horror found them calling my beloved epiphany nothing more than the “practice of political corrupting”, as it goes on to say “that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected, and neutral districts”. Hey wait a minute here if those folks want to be represented by the parties represented, then hey what’s the issue, as everyone gets what they want.  However what I will concede here is the concept of geographies in political landscapes is sorely out dated given the rise of the socially connected world.

This brings me back to my main point as “gerrymandering” in the modern era is a fact of network driven life as in prior terms it related to physical “geographies”, whereas today these lines only exist in the virtual world and swing with the speed near that of light itself as electrons race down their information super highways seeking their intended targets as partisan boundaries are now redrawn at the will of the people, and not the slighted stroke of some incumbents government issued black  ball point pen.

All  well and fine to wax of a world order fit for Tom Cruise in the “Minority Report”, however its happening today as it’s no longer the  manipulating  partisan incumbent protecting their thiefdom as I learned in Miss Thorpe’s fourth Grade history class.  Here it’s the likes of Google, Facebook and other new age media companies which will assist in “netmandering” which may be used to achieve desired electoral results for a particular party, or may be used to help or hinder a particular group of constituents, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group.

Also, yes I lifted the highlighted above directly from the “gerrymandering” definition just to demonstrate how well it fit the new catch phrase as I’ve come to call it “netmandering” as in say 20 or 30 years.  Miss Thorpe’s great grandchild is all grown up and teaching fourth grade, some student will again have an epiphany moment as mine with any luck however this time their “big picture” will be far larger than mine and the word might not be the same, however the intent will assuredly be like in kind with any luck…