It's the principal and school board's fault. The teachers should teach creative ways of writing - or tweeting. "Give me ten sentences explaining/describing an exceptional emotion or thing without using the word 'fuck'". I think that would be a great course. How to write clever tweets without cussing or cursing. Yeah, I know, it's already patented...
First Amendment Rights is just one (very important) issue. Why does the school have access to what students do and say away from school? It's the parents responsibility and the school should be doing only what they're intended for. I understand there are rules and standards while students are at school or a school function but otherwise this school and principal stepped WAY over the boundaries. Unless I missed some new law, policing kids after school hours isn't part of of a school's job.
Have to agree with Jay. The role of lobbyists seems quite entrenched in the machinations of Washington. RIAA/MPAA et al probably realize this - it would be one of the rare occasions they are correct.
This seems to indicate GoDaddy's mea culpa when they lost customers for their stance on SOPA/PIPA was a farce. Did anyone really expect GoDaddy to do anything but roll over when government agencies/MPAA!/RIAA came knocking? "Guilty until proven innocent" is these antiquated system's MO and GoDaddy is right there with them.
This is my thought exactly. It's not necessarily a bad thing. It could prove a useful tool for those avoiding - on principle - any music associated with the RIAA. Also, there's the possibility of finding an indie band/musician that's "made it" (or sold out depending on your point of view). Nah, that last part would never happen...
It's shameful that both main parties are such wrecks that, what should be normal conditions in Congress, is so abnormal it becomes news. We've grown so accustomed to their inaction (except their quest for job security via special interest dollars) that we're taken aback by any of them actually doing the job we gave them. In today's vernacular - "That's fucked up".
Stop whining? What? Admit they're too stupid or arrogant to change their business model to keep up with technology and consumer demand? Apostasy!
Yes. Yes they did. I'm not a heavy tweeter. Heavy drinker - yes. Tweeter - not so much. But even I, in my liquified and muddled mental state, recognised that this was a work-around for Twitter and not a bow to censorship.
Your comment sounds "scholarly" but it didn't actually address the crux of this article. Senator Wyden again asked for clarification from the USTR, this time asking specific questions requiring specific answers yet the USTR merely rebuffed his questions with the same blanket statement given previously.
I don't care that Ron Wyden's reasons may not be altruistic. His seems to be the only voice in Washington questioning - in any form - ACTA. The RIAA, MPAA, Big Pharma et al are working behind the scenes worldwide to implement ACTA, which is far more nefarious and all encompassing than SOPA or PIPA could ever hope to be. Kadir Arif, the European Parliament's rapporteur, and Senator Ron Wyden are two very lonely voices in any government presenting what's wrong with ACTA - though I wish Senator Wyden's language was more forceful about it.
I've wondered the same. In hind sight SOPA /PIPA almost seems like a smoke screen. "Hey, look over here. Never mind the man behind the screen". Of course some form of SOPA/PIPA will eventually rear it's ugly head in the US Congress again...