7.8

by Kelvin Smith

The discourse of Internet that changed from liberty to control produces echoes across other publishing landscapes.  Power has not been spoken truth to; ignorance is promoted; critique and transgression are monitored with a benevolent smirk.

As publication in one place becomes publishing in every place, all jurisdictions, militias and vigilantes are empowered to cajole and cudgel, deny and denigrate, cripple and kill voices that are not approved.

Prose and verse, data and opinion, drawing and photograph, caricature and cartoon, can all be used to mobilize national, religious, ethnic and ideological arm-band identity.