How Steve Forbes Just Paid For My Daughter's College EducationAmericaBlog's John Aravosis posted about this weeks cover story from Forbes (Registration Req.) that blasts bloggers as being basically nothing more than an angry mob out to deny the poor ol' Corporatocracy of their 1st Amendment rights. Check out John's peice because two things really stand out:
BASH BACK. If you get attacked, dig up dirt on your assailant and feed it to sympathetic bloggers. Discredit him.
ATTACK THE HOST. Find some copyrighted text that a blogger has lifted from your Web site and threaten to sue his Internet service provider under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That may prompt the ISP to shut him down. Or threaten to drag the host into a defamation suit against the blogger. The host isn't liable but may skip the hassle and cut off the blogger's access anyway. Also: Subpoena the host company, demanding the blogger's name or Internet address.
Basically, this is what Forbes counsels for the Corporatocracy:
1) All bloggers are "activist liars".
2) If you are attacked by one of these "activist liars", dig up anything you can on them and so that 'We The Corporatocracy' can put them in their place using ... our "activist liars" (e.g. sympathetic bloggers to the Corporatocracy)!
3) If that doesn't work, troll through their blogs and find any hint of your copyrighted works (even if it's a small word-for-word blurb which is clearly legal under the Fair Use clause of copyright law but let's not tell them that) and use it to Swift-Boat the "activist liars" or their fuckin' ISPs under the "Copyright Lawyers' Forever Employment Act". Their ISP may shut them down and that'll show them pesky blogging bastids that they have only have 1st Amendment rights when 'We The Corporatocracy' say they do. Damned Class-Warfare waging, keyboard-surfin', America haters!! They must understand that their news and information will be dictated by people like us -- Forbes, Redstone, Eisner, Murdoch, Turner, etc. -- because we bought this country a long time ago and we're the landlords now! We own their land through "Eminent Domain" in case we ever get bored with the golf courses we allready have, their politicians are our outsourced employees and their votes are just part of the illusion that they are really in charge *snark*, and ultimately we own the American mensch mind, body, and soul!
The thing is, if bloggers were really "activist liars", why is Forbes and the Corporatocracy so threatened by us to consider these great lengths to shut us down, drag us into courts, and bury us into financial ruin with legalese in order to silence us?!?
Simple: our "lies" are actually facts and their "facts" are the fuckin' lies.
We've got something they used to have: Credibility. And just like those frivolous lawsuits against filesharing networks, their attacks end up giving us free publicity and we turn that into credibility. That is why the blogosphere is growing by leaps and bound just like filesharing did. Whether you're downloading an album off BitTorrent to sample before you plunk down $20 or reading a blog for your news and information instead of turning on FOX, CNN, MSNBC, etc. they are losing money and they're following the same old and tired pattern in order to get their money back: litigation instead of innovation.
Once again, Wall Street is trying trample Main Street.
The Corporatocracy running roughshod over Democracy.
Nothing can be more clear for they are essentially bragging about it!
CORPORATION > MENSCH!
The irony here is this article by Forbes is an open admission that they are encouraging the Corporatocracy to bog the justice system down with frivolous lawsuits in order to shut down something they don't like and hitting their bottom line. This article of theirs will be their own undoing for it proves systematic and willfull colussion to deny bloggers their own 1st Amendment rights. Thank you, very much, Mr. Forbes for providing us blogging "activist liars" with the very basis for our own countersuits so please do my 4 year old daughter's college fund a big favor: don't spew it -- just do it.
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