March 16th, 2010


Won't anybody think of the children?

So last night, for some light bedtime reading and in the interest of studying for this essay while still having a life, I read an article that researched the history of so-called 'crack babies'.

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I'm really surprised I didn't have nightmares. It's weird - I know all these theories, I've read this kind of stuff before, but for some reason this article made my head go *clunk* and now I'm kind of reeling at the implications of it all. Ow.

Next up - globalisation and the role of women in the war on drugs. Oh fun fun reading!

Meanwhile, I think rikan_feral and I should do a dj comedy act. Just saying.

Activism day!

Here's my contribution to the campaign against the internet filter that has already been implemented in New Zealand (did you know that? no? not surprised).

Information on how to help here.
Basically, make a sign saying what you want to say about the internet filter, take a photo of yourself and send it to kimeros. It'll become part of a slideshow on the website dedicated to the campaign opposing the internet filter. Information by smart people who know more than me about the filter here.

The filter went live in NZ on February 1st. On the 16th of March (today) there has still been no official announcement from the Department of Internal Affairs. We only know at all because of lobbying by TechLiberty.

Secrecy in censorship scares me. Not because I want to look at child pornography, but because I'm afraid of what else will end up being censored that we won't be told about. There is not a single country with an internet filter in which the scope of censorship hasn't extended beyond child pornography. And how would we know if that happened here too?

That's why I'm protesting. And why you should consider it too.