|FROM ||Seth Johnson
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] DC 7/17: Slogans for Demo Production
We Are The Stakeholders
DRM is Theft
I normally don't take much truck in some of what the "DRM is
theft" trope carries as implications. If we *reduce* our
rights in information to property rights, or let it appear
that this is what we are settling for, that will very easily
and quite predictably be used against the public's
interests. If we are profoundly successful, this will be
the greatest danger in the runoff. Still, I believe that
Ruben and Jay are onto something here, while the danger
NOTE WELL THAT:
It works *extremely* well in terms of bluntly reversing one
of the other side's key syllogisms. It will penetrate the
media PROFOUNDLY if it gets print. That's a big payoff.
And then, the set of two is a composition. You can't add
more to them and get the impact.
And finally, the reason that Ruben stresses: It assures us
that the media picks up our message and we therefore CONTROL
THE FACT THAT the impact will be great.
The fact is, from my standpoint, we're just skating very
close to the edge of the 1st Amendment vs Fourth Amendment
split in information freedom politics. As we approach it,
we approach a precipice -- but let us simply know that we
are doing so.
Let's begin production.
Let's use these two slogans.
And let's leave it at that.
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