Re: virus: the "i have rights" meme

maggs (
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 11:26:37 -0600 (CST)

ouch. A very tough dilemma. How many shades of gray are needed here?


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On Sun, 17 Jan 1999, the great tinkerer wrote:

> i rarely try to start a thread on this list... but i was watching tv
> for the first time in ages....
> so it was one of those dateline specials, some kids wrote up a newspaper
> that was (subjectively) offensive and threatenning... got me
> thinking...
> in our society there is an "i have rights" meme. it seems as though
> when anyone is offended by anything anyone does they have a right to
> stop them. conversly: when people are stopped or prevented from doing
> anything that they think they have the right to do, they will take it to
> court.
> the simplest example of this meme would be a censorship vs expression
> argument. freedom of speech vs freedom from speech (i wont get started)
> another example (which i probably saw on dateline or 20/20 hehe...)
> airport securities are supposed to inspect people based on certain
> criteria. if a person seems to be arab/islaamic they will be inspected.
> obviously you see how the person feels there rights are being violated
> because of their appearance... but would it be justified if a bomb or
> weapon were discoverred in any one search?
> so where do people get the idea that they have any rights at all that
> can be violated?! its a cultural meme i suppose. perhaps we should
> have a dictatorship/martial law every 10 years so people actually
> appreciate there rights instead of taking them for granted...
> ~the great tinkerer
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