Leveson tilts at bloggers. Bloggers tilt back at him.

Brian's gone off on one again this morning:

"Leveson warns journalistic standards could slip if bloggers not subject to law"


"But he said if journalists saw the law going unenforced against bloggers, it might 'undermine media standards through encouraging them to adopt a casual approach to the law.'"

"Media standards," Brian? Really?

Pesky naughty internet... 



Anonymous said...
His full speech is at Scribd here:


Here's an interesting comment he makes:

"Although unregulated and, therefore, potentially dangerous, aspects of the internet are undeniably a force for good. The problem for the international community will be to harness the good and discourage or remove incentives from those that have been set up and exist deliberately to flout with impunity the rights of others."

"unregulated... therefore potentially dangerous"; LOL.

I wonder if Brian has heard of the oft-quoted maxim that "the Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it"?

Probably not.

Here's another from his concluding remarks:

"We will therefore have to think creatively about how we ensure that the law is capable of equal application, and is applied equally and fairly, against the mainstream media and bloggers, tweeters and other amateur online journalists."

Dear Brian,

"You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don't exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract . This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different."

Many thanks,

The Internet