posted on Jun, 14 2007 @ 02:54 PM
Originally posted by VicRH
Public banning? This is almost like a public execution - and they say the Nazis haven't taken over? You will be silenced for your opinion Killtown,
freedom of speech will not be tolerated! (even if it is deluded pap)
The internet is no longer a series of isolated communities held together with hyperlinks. It's a vast inter-connected cosmopolitan environment. A
Virtual Reality all its own, with real-time consequences. A few years ago, some people did actualy debate the potential impact of off-site
activities. Could you really be banned from one web site becuase ofw hat you did on another? I was in the minority. I said "yes."
Words and deeds have consequences. This holds true in the real world and in the online world. Even in the real world, some people like to be too
poliitical or manipulative for their own good. It's considered bad behavior to play groups off against each other. Modern search engines and
real-time stream monitoring make this much harder to do than it used to be. I's going to take a while for that lesson to be learned by the people
most likely to do it, but there it is.
Because it is possible to put up a specifically groomed 'front' on the internet, credibility can be earned and lost very quickly. If what you post
or upload isn't consistent, you will be found out. It's one thing to change your mind, or have a change of heart in some other way, but the links
don't lie when you seek to deceive. There are just enough people looking for the fudge to catch you and spread the word.
In the future, there will be more policing of the internet. Some of it will be done by site owners. Some of it will be done by Federal and State law
enforcement. Long after those measures are in place--for better or for worse--there will still be people will want to try and game the system to
manipulate the online communities.
I'm glad to see it when any web site owner makes this type of decision. We don;t tolerate this kind of behavior in the real world. We should
tolerate it online. There's no public execution here. This is a public airing of the truth, and that's why I'm here on ATS.