The problem with the internet, as we all know, is that it gives free rein to loonies. Once upon a time, green inkers would rant away on writing paper, seal their 30-page global conspiracy theory into a recycled envelope and post it to a newspaper, which would drop it harmlessly into a wastepaper basket. Now they infiltrate chat rooms, scrawl anonymous abuse in web discussions and even have their own video blogs.
Sometimes this is entertaining; sometimes it can be offensive. So Microsoft has just been awarded a patent for technology designed to automatically detect and remove “undesired words or phrases” from all manner of digital communications, ranging from YouTube broadcasts to internet chat and songs.
It won't be long now. The fascist control freaks hate the internet. They hate the freedom it gives people and the fact they can't control it like the old media.
Who gets to decide what is "loony"? Who says the deciders won't impose their own, sometimes warped values.
The internet show all that is good, bad and mad about people. It is free, so we can all choose what we want to believe, watch or listen too. That won't do for the control freaks. They want us listening to their propaganda only and this technology sounds like the right tools to do it.
I await for some of my canary sights to start disapearing from the radar. People have always been easy to control, as long as information was easy to control. The internet put a blip in this control, but it's going to be addressed. You can bank on it.