Dare I Mention

Dare I mention 4chan?

Of course by now the internest is in a full-fledged shit-storm mode. AT&T, it seems, went off and blocked the /b section of 4chan. For anyone with a website, 4chan is like a two-faced god of terrible vengeance and the gift of eternal net-meme. Even linking to 4chan is like taking the pope to an orgy – it might be one of those things where it turns out to be a blessing, one of those old-time bad-ass popes or it could mean eternal damnation.

What sort of telecommunications company says to itself “oh, well, there’s a hornet nest. Go get the stick?”

At&T, that’s who.

It hit the diggs and the reddits and the whosits and the whatnots, so I’m not at all surprised if you’ve seen this already.

UPDATE: (As I was writing this…)
Looks like AT&T backed down. I only wish I could have been sooner! Damn you minute-by-minute news cycle!

Congratulations to all the people at 4chan. I hope they did, in fact, post public details about AT&T executives all over the internet.

If you can’t have free access to information, you can’t have a decent civil society. As Sid Meyer put it in the great old game Alpha Centauri

As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth’s final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.


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