The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 July 2006

The real Digital Divide

A letter to the editor of the Reminder Community News in East Hartford, Connecticut — they get no link because their site is insufferable — as transcribed by Jennifer:

It’s in the news. President Bush has signed “Indecency Legislation” into law, making it possible for TV and radio broadcasters to be fined up to $325,000 per incident of showing indecent nudity or broadcasting raunchy language. However, cable and satellite companies are exempt! This is discrmination against poor people. This is just absolutely unfair! Why should those who can afford cable or satellite be able to watch nudity and we poor people cannot? The Supreme Court ought to shoot this one down right now. I cannot believe this is happening in this land of the free! Only if you got the big bucks is it free!

Expect a measure to change "Land of the Free" to "Land of the Reasonably-Priced."

Posted at 10:26 AM to Dyssynergy

What an idiot!! The difference isn't about price, it's about OWNERSHIP!!! The government owns the public airwaves, the companies own the cable!!!

If she wants to see nudity & hear vulgarities, she should go to her family reunions more often.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 11:08 AM on 4 July 2006

Enough with this class envy crap.....What's the use of getting/being rich if you can't have better everything than poor shmucks?!

Posted by: paulsmos at 1:15 PM on 4 July 2006

Theoretically, the people own the radio frequency spectrum, and the government just administers it since incompatible signals on the same frequency make it unusable.

Cable and satellite broadcasts do not have this problem, but you can bet that certain politicians have been trying for years to figure out how to regulate their content anyway.

Posted by: Matt at 1:24 PM on 4 July 2006

Wow, what an idiot. I guess her right to porno has been violated.

Posted by: Titan Mk6B at 2:32 PM on 5 July 2006