|Milton Areopagitica inscription in NYC Library.|
Nowadays we don't have to worry about censorship, right? Think again.
Laws such as ACTA have been proposed in 39 European countries, and SOPA and CISPA are the American equivalents. Hear about either of them? Chances are that if you did, it was because you read the news, or you tried to get on Wikipedia that day that they had their blackout in protest of CISPA. But what exactly was CISPA trying to do? Why is it important? The bill lost out (barely) in Congress, so why should we be concerned? The video below describes why CISPA is so dangerous, and we should be concerned because our privacy rights and freedom of speech rights are being threatened by laws like this. And this is the kind of thing that Milton was saying just wouldn't work in the first place. It makes abuse of power far too easy, and it damages the good stuff as well as the bad. The whole "you can't harvest the wheat without the tares" thing he talks about.
This is a problem, people. It was in Milton's day, and it is in ours. And I'm not talking in China or other dictatorships. Censorship here in America! And you know there's problems when the NSA is involved. CISPA creates "a real civil liberties problem."
Milton, John (2009-10-28). The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton (Modern Library) (Kindle Locations 32350-32353). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.