Wednesday, March 08, 2006

how ethical is blogger?

so i started a blog here, on a big service, instead of finding some anarchist out of the way thing from like the netherlands. so what are the corporate ethics of blogger? let's take a look a the member agreement to find out... (i could use the word 'deconstructing' here but i won't)

i don't like thieves, puritans, or the desparate corporadoes, so what do i agree to when i post here?

Member agrees not to transmit through the Service any unlawful, harassing, libelous, abusive, threatening, or harmful material of any kind or nature. Member further agrees not to transmit any material that encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law or regulation. Attempts to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems are prohibited.

laws can change... remember the sedition acts. harassment, ok fine - libel, abuse (who defines abuse?) threats, harmful. so if the politics get too out there, and someone complains, they can ditch you. fine, whatever.

ads... ads will be hilarious. wonder if there are keyword searches.

they will give the government that which is legally served, and that means with patriot act secret serving. so they're yet another corporation which gets along and goes along with the police state. this is just a bitch-blog, f'gods sake.

and there's another laundry list of things which can't be done.

You agree to not use the Service to: (a) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

holy shit. there are a hell of a lot of wiggly words there. 'hateful' - huh. reminds me of indymedia discussions - is it all right to hate the ruling class for what they do? or is all hate hate? vulgar or obscene. i guess that means i shouldn't be saying fuck here.


and what the hell is 'or otherwise objectionable' - ok, total selective non-freedom of speech at the will of those in charge.

of course, this is typical for a corporate environment; i would predict that they will not give a rat's ass (or any other part) unless i seriously piss someone important off.

which is, of course, one of the goals. but when that happens, i can blaze in tiny glory, bitching heroically and adding 20% to my hits.

(b) harm minors in any way; (c) impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a Pyra official... or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

allrighty then - harm minors, which means underage sex, which i'm not about. but it is an echo of the puritan vibe the fundamentalist right is pushing... and don't say you're someone you're not. no red flags here...

sections (d) thru (g) are all things like: don't steal content, don't violate security law, don't upload viruses or hack the network. of course, property rights are first and foremost. not a great shock...

(h) intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national or international law,

which means, of course, if there is a new sedition act that you're screwed.

(i) "stalk" or otherwise harass another; (j) collect or store personal data about other users;

don't be a creep or a leech...

(k) promote or provide instructional information about illegal activities... This may include... how to assemble bombs, grenades and other weapons...

and no anarchist cookbooks. fine whatever... good enough for now. if echnide, americablog and shakespeare's sister don't mind, wtf.

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