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So, this blog went into hiatus again two months after I got it back in gear, due to a combination of offline stress with absence of reliable internet. If I get back to a position where I’m able to write again, I will get at least a month’s lead on the work before I actually start publishing.
See you anon.
Status Quo Vade
So I missed six months of last year due to being disconnected from the internet. I did a lot of useful stuff away from the keyboard, but it did blow this blogging effort out of the water. It looks at though for perhaps the next year I shall be reconnected: this is good! However, my computer blew a gasket on Christmas Day, so I’m operating in a borrowed environment: this is less good. For someone in the middle of a research and commentary series about the developing cracks in the Drug War, those particular six months were a very irritating season to miss: a great deal happened in that sphere and I shall return to that theme soon. The original Prohibition series is going to be rebooted; a sufficient number of the existing articles have needed reworking to reflect new developments that I’m going to run the whole series again, to a schedule this time. Watch this space.
I may be limited to that series and some Friday Giant posts for the forseeable, as how much reading time I’m going to get is not always predictable. For today, here are some things I thought were interesting.
1. Civil Liberties.
I’ve been knocking around the internet for a good while now. The geek end of the industry has always had a touch of the techno-utopianism about personal liberty and the power of the internet. As the censorship and control efforts of the last few years have got out of hand, more and more serious people have started talking about privacy and personal autonomy as being the early 21st Century’s answer to the Civil Rights era. Just as it was in the 60s and 70s, the two greatest challenges we face in society over the next fifty years are to do with finding a sustainable economic model and redefining the relationship between citizen, state and corporation. Timothy Lee at WaPo has some details. Then they also had this piece from Andrea Peterson exploring the ways in which Hollywood’s dystopian visions from the late 1990s have come true in the surveillance state over the last year.
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