The internet is like a book/ magazine/ newspaper/ series of tubes

Henry Jenkins does an interesting bit of search and replace …

USA Today can’t resist jumping on the DOPA bandwagon though, tossing off in the middle of an article otherwise concerned with youth engagement with social networking the following:

To deter predators, the House late Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would keep libraries and schools from allowing children to access social networking sites, as well as chat rooms. It now goes to the Senate.

Let’s see if this statement might even remotely make sense if we rephrased it in response to another medium:

To prevent false advertising, the House late Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would keep libraries and schools from allowing Americans to read magazines and newspapers.

Nope, I didn’t think so.How about this one:

To deter pornographers, the House late Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would keep libraries and schools from providing books, magazines, and other printed matter to their patrons.

Hmm. Funny, that one doesn’t make a lot of sense either.

Perfect.

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2 thoughts on “The internet is like a book/ magazine/ newspaper/ series of tubes”

  1. Practically speaking, how does the risk to children from (outside the home, unsupervised access to chat rooms and social networking sites) compare to the risk from (outside the home, unsupervised access to books, magazines, newspapers and other printed matter)

    Is this business about online predators all hooey?

  2. It’s all hooey!

    Statisticaly kids are safer with strangers than they are with their parents and they are more likely to be abducted from Walmart than they are from MySpace.

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