The Science of Democracy

If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.


To: Doc Searls - dsearls@cyber.law.harvard.edu

Cc: Dave Winer - dave.winer@gmail.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 17 Aug 2018 12:00 CDT

Subject: myway007 - To Whoever It May Concern...

Dave, you wrote:

We're having an ill-defined debate over when silos have to yield to public pressure and deny access to members who are deemed undesirable by a vocal group of objectors. There's no process. People have pointed out that as private companies they are free to do as they please. I'm not entirely sure that's true, especially when combined they control virtually all the speech on the net. While that might not be a violation of the First Amendment, it could easily be a violation of antitrust laws. Having run a couple of companies I know how often companies come up against those laws, even small companies, far from having a controlling stake in a large market.

Dave, you have made a very good point in that paragraph with your "There's no process"; however, i challenge your wording. Those entities that you call "silos" are "domains" that have the right to operate any way they choose until the government defines the laws governing the web. That is exactly the freedom you are promoting with your "open web".

Your so called "open web" is an impossible alternative in a Democracy where the people elect representatives. Obviously those people have done a very poor job electing a President. It's too bad that Jessie Ventura failed to get his "none of the above" option on our voting forms.

The only way to solve our problems is to get the people talking to each other in a public forum -- without the limit on size. Until that happens, we can never have "free speech".

To be continued -

I really believe in public discussion; however, Email is the best process for my software in it's present state. Please put a "MYWAY" in your title to get my attention. rest assured, I am working on a better system.

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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