Last week was a good week for those who believe in the internet and culture, with the rejection of ACTA being a key moment in Europe, on par with the rejection of SOPA in the US six months earlier.
Of course, as we saw with the defeat of SOPA, a number of ACTA supporters who haven’t come to terms with why the public was so upset are lashing out. One of the more outspoken responses against the EU Parliament’s decision came from Ewan Morrison for The Guardian, in a piece that I honestly read over a few times to make sure it wasn’t satire.
I don’t think there’s a single truly accurate statement in the entire thing. It sets the bar of misinformation so high that I think from now on I will compare any clueless article to the newly developed Ewan Morrison scale of wrongness, with this column scoring a perfect 10 out of 10. Let’s explore why.
The headline defines the kind of malarkey we’re in for, stating: Throwing out Acta will not bring a free internet, but cultural disaster.
Really? So blocking an agreement that ratchets up copyright enforcement marginally, and which might criminalize a few things that are widely accepted in the public, means we’re headed for cultural disaster? How so? Morrison never bothers to tell us. He makes no reference, whatsoever, to anything that’s actually in ACTA, but seems …