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I’m Not Really Going to Write Any Opinion

May 16, 2007

I’m not really going to state any opinion this week, but I guess I’ve been curious about bloggers’ rights and wanted to share with all you bloggers out there (and readers, too) about a site by Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”). As the site states, EFF’s goal is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, to let you know you have rights, and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected and not chilled.

To go to that site, please go to: www.eff.org/bloggers

I’d really love to have a discussion on the topic of blogging/bloggers’ rights/First Amendment rights in this digital age. I’d love for you to post some questions, opinions, or answers to any of the questions posed. If you’ve read something interesting on this topic, feel free to share it with the rest of us, too.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes. Why, you ask. Just because…..

“They came for the Communists,
and I didn’t object for I wasn’t a Communist;
They came for the Socialists,
and I didn’t object for I wasn’t a Socialist;
They came for the labor leaders,
and I didn’t object for I wasn’t a labor leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn’t object for I wasn’t a Jew;
Then they came for me and there was no one left to object.”

Martin Niemoller, German Protestant Pastor (1892-1984)

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  1. TallNotSoDarkNotSoHandsome permalink
    May 16, 2007 6:00 pm

    “They came for the bloggers and I didn’t object for I wasn’t a blogger; Then they came for me and everyone thanked them for getting rid of the jackasses”
    -Me, American Goldbricker (1969 – Present)

    So I have ten fingers and I am going to use them to try to put 2 and 2 together.
    A blog post on not expressing opinions combined with a mention of bloggers rights, equals a boss or company who feels it is their inalienable right to censor free speech by one of their employees.
    While this is neither unique nor unprecedented, it is surprising considering this is a blog about the law, and last time I checked free speech is something that is protected by the law. And while I have known lawyers who considered themselves above the law, I have never met any who’s office considered them beneath it.
    Without opinions, there would be no arguments, and without arguments there would be no trials. So suppressing lawyers’ opinions would seem to fall under the category of “Be careful what you wish for”. This treads dangerously close to the goose that laid the golden egg committing suicide.

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