In politics, as with Internet memes, ideas don’t spread because they are good—they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web.
It’s an attractive idea because if you don’t think too hard, it appears to be a political no-brainer. It allows governments to avoid addressing the underlying social problem—a long and costly process—and instead simply pass the buck to Internet providers, who can quickly make whatever content has raised rankles “go away.” Problem solved! Except, of course, that it isn’t.
After making a bid to ease tensions over the telephone, Mr Cameron said on Twitter: “Constructive call with Spain’s PM Rajoy. I made clear my concerns re Gibraltar and that our position on sovereignty won’t change”.
BBC News Website 7 August 2013: PM has ‘constructive’ call with Spain over Gibraltar
Is it just me or is there something wrong about our PM thinking that he has to witter about this issue – and reduce a complex issue to 140 characters? Read more…
Writing on Twitter Prime Minister David Cameron said: “My best wishes to the Duke of Edinburgh who is in hospital tonight. I hope he has a swift recovery.”BBC News Website 6 June 2013 Prince Philip admitted to hospital
I’m sorry, but if I wanted to send the Duke of Edinburgh my best wishes, I would not do it by Twitter. Read more…