ATN editor Michael Goldberg writes: Despite
noise from the Net community, and those who think that our First Amendment
rights mean something, the President is going to sign the telecommunications
bill today, a bill that will make it illegal to publish "indecent" material on
the Net. As columnist Jon Carroll wrote in today's San Francisco Chronicle,
"Suppose someone proposed a law banning discussion of abortion on television
and in the newspaper. You'd be against that, right? The new bill
specifically bans discussion of abortion online. Surprised?" We're not.
We know that, as Carroll also wrote, "There are forces that want to tell you
how to think and what to read. They're trying to start online, but you're next
on the list. We must hang together, or by damn, we will hang
separately." Well put. Frankly, we here at ATN expect the worst from those who
run the government. And a move towards fascism, is, I guess, also to be
expected. Fuck that! Let's all raise out voices yell and scream about this.
Otherwise, before too long, as Carroll so eloquently put it, we won't be able
to do that either.