|The internet wins again.
||[Jun. 1st, 2007|08:52 am]
|||||would wake up sleeping wife...||]|
Well, it's funny, eh, how there's this huge hullabaloo about the censorship stuff going on in LJ at the moment.
Essentially, from what I've seen, a bunch of fucking fundies (doesn't it just roll off the tongue?) called "warriors for innocence" (small oxymoron there don't you think?) tried to pull the same sort of pressure tactics that other Christian groups have pulled all over the US to get large commercial organisations to bow to their agenda, which is essentially the censorship of what they'd call offensive material. The excuse they used this time was a "clampdown" on incest and pedophilia "interests" among LJ users.
The long and short is, it hit fanfiction communities (things that I see as intellectually cowardly and corrupt, but otherwise pretty harmless - have the balls to write your OWN damn stories, with your OWN damn characters, people!) who were writing porn. Which is often tasteless (especially when involving underage, non consensual sex and torture - not to mention the above as slash and (almost always) written by women, but that's a whole different rant), but not actually illegal.
All in all, it pitted my least favourite people (fundies) against people who annoy the fuck out of me, and who I look down on from an intellectual point of view, but are mostly harmless (fanfic communities).
Of course, the attempt at censorship has failed. I mean, other than the fact that it sought(by it's own logic) to punish pedophiles by removing their LJs - wow, that'll stop them fucking kids! - it was doomed from the start by moving a decade too soon.
You see, in maybe ten or twenty years, if people get complacent and secular law keeps getting eroded, these fucking fundies will be able to hit ISPs and web communities' owners so hard that they might just have a chance of winning. But now they've started immunizing these communities, by hitting them just hard enough to get them scared and angry, without cutting them down. And these communities are just smart and coherent enough to learn how to fight back, using effective pressure tactics to make any strategist proud. Intellectually corrupt they might be, but we secularists need all the powerful allies we can get if we are to stop the new counter-reformation that's coming out of the American Midwest and the Middle East.
So the long and short of this post is to say that while "fanfic" communities may not be tasteful, they *are* useful. They are a next-generation case study in how internet communities can beat censorship in the open, without resorting to PTP formats. And they will be useful allies in turning back the darkness that is emerging more and more rapidly from churches, temples and mosques the world over.
So, for once, huzzah for fanfic communities. I may not like, or even respect you much, but damn it, your enemy is my enemy. And THAT is worth putting our differences aside for.