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March 11, 2004


We've joined the The New York Times Columnist Correction Policy Project, because.....

Well, just because. You can see the fruits of our labors here.

Truly, we joined because every time a giant like the NYT gets away with suppressing free speech everyone loses a little freedom-- and the very idea of what the Times is trying to get away with pisses me off. Make no mistake about it, the NYT thinks it can get away with this, because the target they are trying to bully is small, and without resources save for his peers on the Net. If he was the Harvard Lampoon, which over the years has published note perfect parodies of People, Time, Literary Digest, The New Yorker, Mademoiselle, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Life, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today, then this issue would have never come up. The NYT would have shrugged its collective shoulders and said "Protected. Whadda ya gonna do?" But since The National Debate isn't the Harvard Lampoon, the NYT is trying to squash him like a bug.

The sad thing is, they'll probably get away with it, unless you do something. Me mirroring the controversial content isn't enough. Two or three or ten people mirroring the content isn't enough. Two or three people can't cause enough of a stink. It has to be dozens, then hundreds doing the same thing, as well as writing the NYT's public editor to complain.

If you don't care--that's fine. It's hard to exercised over losing what amount to such a tiny piece of liberty. I know how you feel. But liberty is never lost in large chunks. It's peeled away an onionskin at a time, in slices so thin that you never notice until nothing but a nub is left.

If you don't protest, no one will. If you do nothing, the Net you're used to dies a little bit more, takes another step towards the Disney/Time Warner/Sony/ corral, where all content is sanitized for your protection and monetized for their profit.

The sad thing is that The New York Times, which ought to be out in front protesting the direction the Net is traveling, is instead attempting to herd us that way even faster.

In the grand tradition of America, fight back; refuse to bow to the inevitable. Mirror the content, write them the letter, give them the finger.

Tell 'em "Nuts."

Posted by Bigwig at March 11, 2004 08:37 PM | TrackBack
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I hate baseless, arrogant elitism, regardless of the politics of the practitioner.

Meritocratic elitism - well, that's another thing. But the NY Times hasn't been a meritocracy for a couple decades now.

Posted by: Blackavar at March 12, 2004 08:59 AM

I posted the parody on my blog, with one minor alteration - at the top the logo now says Not The New York Times.

Let freedom blog!

Posted by: Bill Hobbs at March 12, 2004 09:42 AM