Cory Doctorow writes of proposed ill-considered legislation in the US:
If you followed my tweets from the markup session for SOPA in the House of Representatives, you know how frustrating it was to watch: you had these lawmakers blithely dismissing the security concerns of the likes of Vint Cerf, saying things like, “I’m no technology nerd, but I don’t believe it.“ In other words: “I’m a perfect ignoramus, but I find it convenient to disregard the world’s foremost experts.” Another congressman from Florida kept saying things like “No one can explain to me how this bill harms political debate or academic freedom.”
I think I’ve got the perfect metaphor … a tribe of gorillas have taken over an explorer’s camp, upending the jeep and taking deadly possession of the firearms. One gorilla is staring up the barrel of a rifle, while another is firing a pistol into a collection of floating explosive barrels in the river.
That image is what I keep returning to as I listen to committee members blithely dismiss the experts who warn that this bill will undermine civic debate, academic freedom, and the security of the Internet. Of course, these are the same committee members who refused to hear testimony from the bill’s opponents.
If you think an open and free internet is crucial to finding some kind of way out of this mess, educate yourself about this SOPA bill and let your congressman know how you FEEL about SOPA immediately, (because time is short, and also because what you THINK is obviously of no consequence).
And consider the whole negotiating style: “Nobody can explain this to me. In fact I’m so sure nobody can explain it to me I’m not even trying to listen.”
Nobody who has been following the climate situation will be unfamiliar with it. In fact, there’s a lot of that going around, isn’t there?