He, of course, is the senator who introduced Illinois Senate Bill SB1682, which bans social networking sites in public libraries and public schools. And banning social networking sites means he wants to ban … blogger … where HIS OWN BLOG resides.
Hmm… Besides the complete silliness of voting to ban one’s own blog (I’m hearing the line from the movie Spinal Tap… “… but it goes to 11.”), this bill isn’t really grounded in today’s emerging digital reality. For example, think about John Edward’s campaign for a second. He has hired bloggers as part of his campaign staff. He made his major “I’m running” announcement on Youtube. Most likely, other presidential hopefuls will do the same.
With this in mind, when a bill is introduced to remove social networking sites from public libraries, in essense it actually asks for the removal of a type of public discourse. Public discussion. Public interaction and conversation.
And I don’t think that’s quite legal.