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Repost: Censorship in the 21st Century

In activism, censorship, copyright, free press, indy media, information policy, intellectual freedom on November 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm

nytspoof1On November 25, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) posted a blog worth reading, “Censorship in the 21st Century: Targeting Intermediaries.” Read the full post on EFF’s DeepLinks Blog here.

[Excerpt] “On November 12, 2008, a group of artists and activists unveiled a brilliant spoof of the New York Times, widely distributed to readers in New York and Los Angeles. This “July 4, 2009” version of the Times — which the real New York Times described as a “Grade-A caper” — boldly announced the end of the Iraq War, the nationalization of major oil conglomerates, the elimination of tuition at public universities, and the indictment of soon-to-be-former president Bush on charges of high treason. The poignant send-up, also available in an online version at www.nytimes-se.com, is a perfect example of parody in the 21st century. It certainly got its fair share of attention.

Could the lawyers be far behind? Not surprisingly, the corporate targets of the parody were not pleased. Now, in what is becoming an all-too-familiar trend, one of those corporations has attempted to shut down the site by putting pressure on what is often the weakest link in the online speech chain: the domain name registrar…….” Read the rest of this EFF post.

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