Seems that my tongue in cheek comment on smart mobs and angry mobs was unintentionally ironic. The Times is reporting that French blogs and cell phones have been used to propagate “inflammatory” messages after all.
A spokesman for Skyblog, the blogging service on which so many French youths have apparently turned up the heat, was quoted thusly: “You can imagine from what is happening in the suburbs that if someone finds out that we deleted their blog, it could mean a bullet in the head.”
Things get complicated when a medium of expression serves also as a medium of communication and coordination.
What should the legal constraints on this be? If any? The State doesn’t and shouldn’t control speech, expression, or its distribution and circulation. The State could be in real trouble…