Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Welcome to the Internet. A world of anonymous posters, trollers, and a few legit folks. This is the beauty of the Internet and also its curse.
I ran a small online forum for a while and I've seen the worst of it (from well-intentioned people). Censorship is never a goal but in many cases it is up to the community to set the policy. Sac Press is a company, they have advertisers. This is how they pay the bills (AFAICT). I can see why they might want to censor, but what they also have to worry about is turning their audience/community away (no audience, no money). If I'm censored, I'll be much less likely to contribute my opinions and "stories" to them (no writers, no money).
BTW, I remember talking to Ben about this very topic (granted it was a year or so ago) and there are some important legal considerations regarding censoring their audience.
A lot of the old school politics and good ol boys clubs don't work on the Internet. There is so much more transparency when you have the world at your fingertips. What was the saying about it being hot in the kitchen again? The longer you are around the thicker your skin gets.
BTW, if we had censorship how would we find out about fraud being committed in our very own city goverment? I guess folks could always start leaking to wikileaks.org.
KJ and his entourage just seem shady to me. His persistence in getting this strong mayor proposal through doesn't help him shake that shadiness. Maybe it is time KJ follows in Obama's footsteps (as he has attempted to before *ahem* coattails *ahem*) and strive towards transparency in government. What would he change if this strong mayor proposal went through? Maybe it is time to start working *with* the folks under and beside him instead of implying that they are incompetent and useless. Sacramento is a city of government workers. Yes government is bureaucratic, yes we all want to see that changed, but if that means throwing out the checks and balances that currently exist in favor of a more fascist/autocratic system I'd rather stick with what we have and know.
With that, it is nice to see such a diverse group on the committee. It looks like they are taking their task seriously and are putting the necessary research into their findings. Let's hope the council and others involved take their recommendations to heart.
Uhhh aren't folks presumed innocent until proven guilty in court? Or did the court already convict him? Strange that this type of language is coming from a police officer none-the-less.
My only complaint with B&B is the pepper on the fries... seriously, wtf.
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