Do you post on blogs? Send jokes to colleagues? Say anything at all that might be construed by anyone as objectionable?
Well, from now on you had better do it under your own name and not a pseudonym or there could be fines and/or jailtime in your future (read the Cnet article here). It seems that on January 6th of this year “president” Bush signed a law called the ‘Violence against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act” which has an section embedded in it (section 113 to be precise) which is titled “Preventing Cyberstalking”. So far everything I have written here seems pretty innocuous, designed to keep women and girls from being stalked and harrassed by online predators, and I’m all for that. If I had ANY trust in our current pro-torture, pro-spying, pro-empire, criticism averse administration I might not even bat an eye at this. But I don’t have any trust left.
How do you define annoying? If I asked 10 people for specific examples of what annoys them I am willing to bet I would get 10 different answers. Something that I find annoying, like prosteletizing, might be sacrosanct to someone else – so who decides? Bush probably finds it annoying that his spy ring has been exposed. I find it absolutely necessary and downright patriotic. Since the audiences for his townhall meetings are preselected I bet he finds surprise questions and contrary opinions annoying. I find them amusing.
Because I always post my annoying opinions under my own name, Eric Paulsen, I am safe from fines and jail time (at least in theory), but… why make it necessary that an “annoying” post be under a persons real name and not a psuedonym? Why would an administration that was developing the Total Information Awareness database (an enormous datamining tool), that thinks it is okay to tap the phone calls and read the e-mails of American citizens, and is trying to give the Executive branch limitless powers (“If this were a dictatorship, it’d be a heck of a lot easier…just as long as I’m the dictator…” G. W. Bush—Washington, DC, Dec 18, 2000) want your real name attached to an “annoying” post. That’s a real puzzler there. Yup, a real puzzler.
Well, here’s another post for my NSA file.