1993-03-01 - Re: more ideas on anonymity

Header Data

From: tony@morgan.demon.co.uk (Tony Kidson)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Message Hash: 6414898b88c9b5bf2a1c26f0669add7b820336c39e10293a0d9d1a521ba39449
Message ID: <2900@morgan.demon.co.uk>
Reply To: N/A
UTC Datetime: 1993-03-01 16:33:53 UTC
Raw Date: Mon, 1 Mar 93 08:33:53 PST

Raw message

From: tony@morgan.demon.co.uk (Tony Kidson)
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 93 08:33:53 PST
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: more ideas on anonymity
Message-ID: <2900@morgan.demon.co.uk>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain

In message <9302282156.AA25135@SOS> you write:
>    Date: Sat, 27 Feb 93 23:59:30 GMT
>    From: Tony Kidson <tony@morgan.demon.co.uk>
> I see.  So you don't believe in libel or slander laws.

It's people believing and acting on the words that actually 
causes the damage.  I believe that you must judge the reputation 
of the subject and issuer of any statement before you make up 
your mind to act on a statement.  It is only possible to widely 
disseminate a libel if you have control of the means of 
dissemination.  That, is not free speech. Where is the 
opportunity for contrary assertion by the person libelled?

> And NBC was perfectly justified in faking an explosion in a GM truck to
> show it was unsafe, and broadcast it on prime-time TV.  And it didn't do
> anybody any harm at all.  Uh huh.

Faking the explosion, was neither here or there.  Did they deny 
GM the right of denial. Could they be sued by the people that 
they misled?  I do believe in their right to say anything they 
like. They have a reputation to protect.  How much reputation has 
an anonymous source?  Are you going to believe an anonymous tip 
off until you have investigated it?  If so bigger fool you.


| Tony Kidson     |    PGP 2.1 Key by request     | Voice +44 81 466 5127    |
| Morgan Towers,  |                               | E-Mail                   |
| Morgan Road,    |         This Space            | tony@morgan.demon.co.uk  |
| Bromley,        |          to Rent              | tny@cix.compulink.co.uk  |
| England BR1 3QE |Honda ST1100  ==*==  DoD# 0801 | 100024.301@compuserve.com|