This law, or one like it, will be subverted in breathtaking and terrifying ways. Thought using the DMCA to shut down early thanksgiving coupon sites was bad? That’s going to seem cute by comparison to what you can do when a moronic, bureaucratic authority can disappear entire websites at will.
“The irrefutable fact [is] that it’s been fun to have the dysfunctional and semi-incompetent Red Sox back in my life — kind of like seeing your extended family at a wedding for the first time in ages and remembering how crazy everyone is. […] Welcome back, Weird Part of My Life. I hate myself that things feel more normal when the Red Sox are fucked up than when they’re not. What does that say about me?”— Simmons
I feel like people are getting their class warfare all muddled with this Occupy Wall Street stuff. Like, I definitely think it was kind of weird that Kanye went down there and didn’t say anything, or whatever, but it’s NOT weird that he wore an outfit befitting a multi-millionaire international pop star. That’s what he is, and that’s who he is, and he’s not even remotely responsible for the economic imbalance created by American corporate culture? What was he supposed to do, wear cut-off jean shorts and a Hanes tank-top as a show of solidarity? Solidarity with what? How is what someone wears even remotely the point of this movement? I saw another thing today that was complaining about Sam Sifton writing a glowing review of Per Se, as if how could he at a time like this. GUYS! As someone who totally believes that wealth should be more evenly distributed even if I do not have any clear ideas on how the mechanics of that would work because I’m just as stupid as everyone else on Twitter, I just think it’s weird to complain about people acting (correctly) as if money still exists and some people have some of it, because this isn’t about personal wealth on an individual level. Is it? Because if it is then I take it back, I don’t support this at all, because that is ridiculous and way too hard to unpack and open to lots of gray-area confusion. But if it’s about institutional greed and the political structures that reinforce and perpetuate that unjust system, then maybe let’s talk about that because that seems way more important than Kanye’s pants.