Links for 19th May 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Saying information wants to be free does more harm than good

    ""Information wants to be free" has the same relationship to the digital rights movement that "kill whitey" has to the racial equality movement: a thoughtless caricature that replaces a nuanced, principled stand with a cartoon character. Calling IWTBF the ideological basis of the movement is like characterising bra burning as the primary preoccupation of feminists… " Doctorow.

    Tagged with: IWTBFcopyrightinformationtechnologyinternetDRMHollywoodrhetoric

  2. Mocking Muhammad: a shallow Enlightenment

    "Muhammad-baiting is a shallow, theatrical performance of Enlightenment values. It is a simple (in both meanings of that word) and shortcut way of demonstrating that you are for Freedom and Truth at a time when those values actually lie in tatters in Western society and few seem to know what they really mean or even whether they’re worth defending. For those who find the thought of really standing up to cultural relativism and anti-Enlightenment backwardness too terrifying a prospect, drawing Muhammad has become a quick-and-easy way of demonstrating that you’re a secular, liberal kinda guy."

    Tagged with: liberalismfree-speechIslam

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