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Wednesday, November 17, 2004


In response to Jeff Jarvis' post, I acted. So should you. This is the e-mail I sent to Hillary:

Dear Senator Clinton,

I urge you to oppose, and lead opposition within the Senate against the propsed Broadcast Decency Act. Senator Brownback's legislation is dangerous. We need to stem the tide of repression in this country. You can lead us back to the road toward freedom instead of away from it. I don't have to tell you what a slippery slope it is when legislation curtails freedom insted of insuring it. What is decent and appropriate should be determined by the individual, not the government. I know you will fight on the side of reason and conscience.
Say hi to Bill.
Edward Wilson

And this is the letter I sent to Chuck:

Dear Senator Schumer,
I am writing you, my Senator, because I’m concerned about the curtailing of freedoms that is going on in our country. I feel this is very dangerous. People, brave, courageous people, fought and died to ensure freedom in this country. I cannot stress how concerned I am, my family is, and the decent people that I work and live with, are about this issue. Particularly we are concerned with Senator Brownback’s Broadcast Decency Act. We see this as a first step in a very wrong direction. I urge you Senator Schumer to not only vote against this horrible affront to our freedom of speech, but to lead the fight in the Senate, and oppose the war on freedom that seems to have begun in earnest. I voted on November second, and though not everyone I voted for won their office, I participate in the process, and feel that my voice should be represented.
I know you will do the right thing.

Edward Wilson

You can contact Hillary at:

And Chuck:


Do it, do it now before it's too late.

Hey Jackson,

I'm Brett, the guy you tried to skewer in the comments on Jeff's site.

I know you're young, but I would advise you to ask questions before you make assumptions. It might surprise you to find that I agree with your opposition to the Broadcast Indencency Act.

As I had said in my comments, all I want as a parent is to know what's coming my way in terms of content on any channel - whether it be radio, TV, whatever... By knowing this ahead of time, I can choose appropriately for my family and me.

What I oppose is getting ambushed with content that I don't expect in its maturity level. I don't equate MNF with naked women in the locker room.

But if a content provider wants to put content out there, I don't want any limits on that - I just want a mechanism for learning and approving the content first before my family or I view it.

In short, I want to choose.

I don't want the government to choose for me.
I don't want inappropriate content shoehorned in by the content provider that goes beyond the expectations they gave to me.

Using fines as a means to choke content is only a method for taxation, which I oppose.

So, be careful tarring us out here. We're not easily put into stereotypical buckets.
I think technology can solve this issue without legislation. Sorry Brett, I'm in too deep.
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