A little more morning ridiculousness with far graver consequences by mattsteinglass
June 15, 2008, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Sex

Along the same lines as the previous post, it seems transparently clear, as Lawrence Lessig argues, that judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is getting railroaded by insane puritans. The so-called “pornographic website” he allegedly hosted was an online storage drive for private materials not open to the public. The so-called pornographic materials and “bestiality” were a funny video widely shown on YouTube of a guy trying to take a dump in a field and getting chased by a donkey, and some other ostensibly humorous photos of women painted to look like cows, which I think I’ve seen somewhere around and which are arguably in very poor taste but are simply not pornography. Not that it would matter if the stuff were hardcore pornography — it’s a private online storage site and the guy is entitled to watch whatever he wants. But what’s exceptionally disgusting in this case, as Lessig says, is that in fact the material isn’t pornography, and yet it’s being reported all over the world that it is. Which, if you were Kozinski, would surely make your hair stand on end.

What possible legal remedy could there be for this kind of situation? It appears that about 90% of the world’s journalists have no professional standards whatsoever. When I see this kind of stuff I think it should simply be illegal to broadcast a television news show or publish a newspaper or online news site.


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