Monday, June 13, 2005

Jessica Alba's See-Through Dress at the MTV Movie Awards... not featured in this post, or indeed, anywhere on this blog. I'm glad I got your attention, though, because this interview at Tech Central Station with FEC Commissioner Brad Smith shows that there is still a lot to be concerned with, if you're a blogger and concerned at all about the First Amendment to the Constitution. Best passage:
We have been forced into a position that there will be some regulation; and that alone will mark a substantial change in the whole disposition towards the Internet. I think that the commission can and should adopt a broad exemption for personal activity on the Internet and also for paid ads to be on the Internet.

We need to make clear that bloggers are press, these are periodicals and people update them regularly; that the first amendment does not only apply to people who are members of the National Press Club, that it is not limited to people who have a little press card in their hat band like some 1930s movie.

The press is everybody; every citizen has a right to publish his views and to promote his views and if the Internet is blurring a distinction between traditional media and just average citizens, I am not sure that's a bad thing. That's a good thing, a democratizing thing, it is exactly the type of thing that the reformers claimed for years to want. They ought to rejoice in it. That they don't is interesting in itself.

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: McCain's biggest problem in the 2008 election is not the judicial compromise (by 2007 it will be long forgotten, for most people, if they were aware of it at all), but the monstrosity that is McCain-Feingold. They'll get my blog when they pry it out of my cold, dead pajamas, by God! (Hat tip to the Instapundit, who just is making me sick with his vacation photos! Sure, Glenn, rub it in)...

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