I remember I wrote about a case involving a blogger and Freedom of the Press a hell of a while back. Before anyone reading me now ever dropped by, I think. I hope it's not too wince-inducing when I find it... I always get sort of paranoid when I go back to look at stuff I've written after some time has passed. Whatev. Lets dig that fucker up.
Ok, so I sort of went off at a tangent in that one. The point is that the ruling mentioned there got reversed.
Anyways, noise tends to be made when journalists get jailed. Josh Wolf? there's no question in hell that he's a journalist. And he's been held for 185 days (making him the longest serving journalist behind bars) because he hasn't turned in a video that the Feds want to pursue assault charges in regards to the protest he was covering. It was made a federal case because there was also a destruction of property charge involved and the property in question was a police car partially funded by a federal budget. The fact that the change of jurisdiction allowed circumvention of a California shield law that would have kept him out of prison is, I'm sure, just a coincidence.
Wolf offered to screen all of his video to the judge to demonstrate that there was no evidence within it, but he was denied. I think that given that the only conclusion that can be drawn is that they're fishing for more charges, which is in fact the reason Wolf gave for not turning over the tapes.
So the question is, why the hell hasn't there been an uproar from net culture? Or Google, for that matter? This may turn out to be a test case as for how the rights of bloggers are defined. Surely the tech sector should be up in arms. But nope. silence. They got loud enough about net neutrality... not to say that they shouldn't have but this is important.
I guess the disappointing thing is that it seems like it's everyones destiny to either be powerless or become The Man. The computer industry grew out of basements where resourceful techies screamed "Fuck You!" at the apathetic corporate douchebags as they changed the world. Nowadays Steve Jobs is saying shit like "the problem with the education system is that the teachers are allowed to unionize," and that the same "invisible hand" that supposedly guides the free market equitably should be employed to guide our schools as well.
I know if Hunter S Thompson was alive today he'd have something to say about it.
I'm getting sick of that sentence because it's starting to sound cliché coming from me but most of all I'm sick of no one with a big enough voice saying a lot of the things that need to be heard.
Another sentence I'm sick of hearing is "Why on earth do you have to be only twenty" when it comes from a hot mom who is in a band. There's only one person who's ever flattered me with that sort of sentiment; the rest (I swear it happens more often than the limited demographic would suggest) just make me wonder if I should start lying about my age and also whether or not I'm going to be the next lead singer for Van Halen. Hell, the last one came from my home town.
Speaking of which I finally restrung Ophelia and I don't think she's ever sounded better. I'd have played more if not for the headache. Cooper told me that she got one too from all the people watching the Oscars. I'm wondering if mine has anything to do with it being Oscar night.