Jeff Jarvis’s Buzzmachine is on a roll–his post about the right to profanity is dead on.
The path the FCC is on at this point is incredibly scary and disheartening. Especially now that so many Americans are shedding blood in a faraway place, ostensibly to bring democracy to that country, having my and your tax money spent by a bunch of nut jobs to figure out how to neuter the First Amendment as much as possible is completely grotesque.
Here’s the deal about free speech: It’s about protecting ugly speech, uncomfortable speech, the kind of speech that upsets people. Speech that is middle of the road and safe is never in danger in any society. The health of a democracy is measured by how it treats the oddballs, those on the fringe, not by how it treats the bourgeoisie.
Posted Friday, 16 April, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.