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Spin isn't an argument
"Kendall G. Clark" <email@example.com> writes:
>I heard Rev. Jesse Jackson on CNN this week say that ``exclusion is a
>form of violence.''
One of the things I learned early in computers is "Anything can mean
anything you define it to mean" (working w/ FORTH). You want to use the
'-' to mean addition? It's easy. You can equate anything you don't like
with anything morally repugnant. That my insurance company makes
a profit is a form of rape. Eating a hamburger is murder.
Anyway, as I've detailed in a previous message, it's looking like
the big problem is the common carrier owned by the content creator. Your
complaint is that by using a Netscape browser your excluded from
MSNBC content (or could be sometime in the future).
The problem is that the medium is the message. Of course, ISP's
have been very careful to differentiate themselves as carriers
from the content so as not to be held responsible for pornography
published in the Usenet. And of course, in fascist, totalitarian
countries the govt. controls the media and makes sure that only
articles in it's favor see the light of day. Gates certainly does
understand that the big money is made in the content rather than
the carrier. Makers of TV's and broadcasting equipment just
survived while the TV stars and producers made a killing.
I just don't think there's a really big threat or potential threat
to free speech to justify antitrust action. I or you or anyone
can publish a web site critising MS. You can use NT to publish
articles unfavorable to MS and Gates can't stop you. YOu can
stand on the street
in Redmond and pass out literature unfavorable to MS and US courts
will defend your right to do so. The people who pay for content,
the advertisers, usually want to reach a broad audience or a
specific type of audience, and to advertise a product in a
medium viewable only to users of MS products seems counter
productive. And a real closed system, like MS paying to
advertise MS products in MS produced content viewable only to
users of MS products seems downright silly.
What real examples are there of exclusionary media?
TV networks regularly bid for the exclusive rights to air
sporting events. If FOX owns the rights to air NFL football,
but I just hate Murdoch and his tactics and and have vowed
never to watch the FOX network, then I'm not going to see
much football. Then I'm excluding myself.
Anyway, I need to research some FCC regulations that were relaxed
in the deregulatory mid 80's that seems to be central to this