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Charlottesville Haters: Test Case for the Internet as Public Square

Charlottesville Haters: Test Case for the Internet as Public Square

. By Thomas L. Knapp In a recent column, I celebrated the phenomenon of “Social Preferencing” (@YesYoureRacist Crowdsources Social Preferencing) and the boost Charlottesville gave to an online, crowdsourced, social media version of it, “@YesYoureRacist,” which makes it easy for everyone to “ostracize a Nazi.” That column received quite a bit of pushback from readers […]

@YesYoureRacist Crowdsources Social Preferencing

@YesYoureRacist Crowdsources Social Preferencing

. By Thomas L. Knapp The Twitter account @YesYoureRacist went up in 2012, but jumped from about 65,000 followers to more than 350,000 in the days following Virginia’s “Battle of Charlottesville.” After an army of  white nationalists rioted to “Unite the Right,” murdering one and injuring dozens, @YesYoureRacist admin Logan Smith swung into action to […]

They Keep Using That Phrase, “Net Neutrality.” I do Not Think it Means What They Think it Means.

They Keep Using That Phrase, “Net Neutrality.” I do Not Think it Means What They Think it Means.

. By Thomas L. Knapp “Verizon Wireless was just caught in the act of what looks like a blatant violation net neutrality,” writes Kurt Walters of Demand Progress in a fundraising message to the Internet activist group’s email list. “Last week, without warning or permission from its customers, Verizon throttled bandwidth speeds down to 10Mbs. […]

Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They’re Our Opinions

Google to Employees: Feel Safe Sharing Your Opinions, as Long as They’re Our Opinions

. By Thomas L. Knapp Former Google engineer James Damore is suddenly between jobs. He’s been fired, Bloomberg reports, for writing “an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies.” Google has long cultivated a reputation for hiring smart people, turning them loose, and listening to them. This firing puts a giant dent in that […]

Privacy: J. Edgar’s Not the Hoover You Need to Worry About Any More

Privacy: J. Edgar’s Not the Hoover You Need to Worry About Any More

. By Thomas L. Knapp Is your vacuum cleaner spying on you? Hamza Shaban of the Washington Post reports that iRobot, maker of the “autonomous” Roomba vacuum, may eventually sell the internal maps of your home the device builds to facilitate its work to the makers of other “smart home” devices. In the latest phase […]

Send in the Clown: Scaramucci versus the Leakers

Send in the Clown: Scaramucci versus the Leakers

. By Thomas L. Knapp In Italian  comic theater, Scaramouche is a clown, the boastful poltroon whose antics frequently bring him to grief.Presumably new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s name is related  to that tradition. His personality seems tailored to it as well: He’s off to a running start with the boast that he’s […]

Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand

Healthcare: A House Divided Cannot Stand

. By Thomas L. Knapp The latest healthcare initiative from the Trump administration and the Republican Party’s leaders in Congress seems set to sink just like the last version. Mitch McConnell can’t seem to round up the votes to push it through the Senate, if anything the House is more likely to tear apart than […]

Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of

Death Panels: Sarah Palin Was Right, Sort Of

. By Thomas L. Knapp In 2009, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin raised the kind of ruckus she’s known for with her comment on the then-notional Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare.” In a Facebook note, she wrote: “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my […]

Our Paranoid Society is too Hard on Kids — and on Parents

Our Paranoid Society is too Hard on Kids — and on Parents

. By Thomas L. Knapp In the latest sign that America has gone stark-raving nuts at the expense of its parents and children, the Rochester, New York Democrat & Chronicle reports that a “mother faces child endangerment charges for letting her 10-year-old hang out in a Lego Store while she shopped elsewhere” in the same […]

Everyone Should be Listening to Nobody Speak

Everyone Should be Listening to Nobody Speak

. By Thomas L. Knapp When Terry Bollea, aka Hulk Hogan, sued Gawker Media for invasion of privacy, infringement of personality rights, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the suit’s chief effect was to amplify the “news” that Bollea had been caught on video having sex with another man’s wife. Par for the course as […]

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