Now imagine if there were no Internet at all, or only a castrated version thereof – in other words, a media landscape in which virtually none of us would have heard of this unspeakable atrocity. Are there very many scarier thoughts?
Why yes, I can. How about Obama making his very own executive order taking control of the entire US communications system, internet, TV, and telephone included? That happened last summer ... and it was hardly even news, other than “oh relax, nothing like that will ever happen.”
IOW he an his minions can put the filters on whenever the @#$! they want to, and you can’t do jack about it. Ooops, sorry, no internet outside the USA today. Oops sorry, the NSA’s super-mega-computer has determined you’re trying to load a page with these proscribed words in it ... and suddenly you get a 404 error instead. And yes, their supercomputers probably have that kind of power. A few hundred billion operations per second, and there’s only 310 million of us, and the telecoms are already so deep in bed with the government every time they go for a reach-around it feels like jerking off. But hey, screw your rights and freedoms, they got the Obamaphone contracts with no oversight.
And now we have him COMPLAINING that he isn’t emperor, merely president.