1993-08-13 - Re: on the inherent evil

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From: M..Stirner@f0.n0.z1.FIDONET.ORG (M. Stirner)
To: Cypherpunks@toad.com
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UTC Datetime: 1993-08-13 01:18:26 UTC
Raw Date: Thu, 12 Aug 93 18:18:26 PDT

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From: M..Stirner@f0.n0.z1.FIDONET.ORG (M. Stirner)
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 93 18:18:26 PDT
To: Cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re:  on the inherent evil
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 Uu> From: plmoses@unix.cc.emory.edu (Paul L. Moses)

 Uu> Regarding the Electronic Democracy idea, I vote with Tim May.  Look at
 Uu> the way public opinion is molded today through CNN, Tom Brokaw, Connie
 Uu> Chung,  Oprah Winfrey, etc.  One could even say that Clinton is the
 Uu> "Phil Donahue president" (he 'cares') - just look at the second
 Uu> candidate debate last fall. A talk show if ever there was one.

As a Second Amendment activist, I am particularly aware of the dangers
of an instant-input viewer poll bearing the weight of law following a
particularly disgusting piece of BooHoo/Advocacy Broadcast Journalism.
.   Though I don't see how this is directly relevant to the cypherpunks
thang, I do know that I am horrified at the potential for abuse inherent
in the "electronic Town Hall" concept. I also find that most computer
folk have wild enthusiasm for this idea while bearing no inkling of the
ease with which the process could be subverted.

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