Monday, April 04, 2005

Blog Busting

Jonathan Last at Galley Slaves posts this curious bit if information about San Francisco trying to regulate blogs. A City Supervisor wrote legislation that would regulate blogs, require registration with a a government office (on ethics, no less), and which would charge a fee to those blogs which have more than 500 hits, and subject them to traffic "audits".

Follow the link and send a kind (and please keep it kind!!) e-mail to the City Supervisor named there to thank her for her efforts to ensure that political speech meets her viewpoint-based analysis of "ethical". While it may not be as "free" anymore, and while it is typical leftist political censorship, and while it is a flagrant violation of the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, at the very least, it probably will not offend the Supervisor's political sensibilities. And isn't that what matters?

I sent my own e-mail asking the supervisor if she would have proposed such novel legislation had bloggers brought down the Bush Administration last year instead of CBS. Just wondering. And I'm certain her official answer will be "no".

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