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Recently former President Clinton suggested the government form a "Ministry of Truth" to combat "misinformation" on the internet. (that's so 1984) There is also Kentucky trying to pass a law against anonymous blogging. This would certainly stop whistleblowing and it would also keep people from speaking their minds online for fear of losing their careers and could make a dangerous precedent against freedom of speech. People who now can make anonymous comments to blogs with sensitive subjects like debt or mental health will certainly feel suppressed from being able to seek help. As for this blogger, I choose anonymity to avoid stalkers and to compartmentalize my life, but I also cross post to Facebook under my real name, so I'm really not that anonymous. Fortunately there are still darknets and other P2P parts of the internet they might not be able to shut up, unless they shut down the whole internet, which Obama wants to be able to do should an occasion arise. There is a Senate bill for that being considered right now.
Unless they think they can muster the bandwidth and manpower to cross reference everyone to their blog comments and actually enforce this stupid law being considered in Kentucky or wherever else this cancer ends up spreading, people can probably get around it just by adopting a pseudonym. You could get humorous about it, call yourself Ethelbert Dinkelacker or Baron Peewee Rothschild or Ungabunga Abudabi and give the address of the nearest vacant house that the neighbors lost to foreclosure last year - God knows there's plenty of them to choose from. Or you could use TOR. But this is the kind of stupid law that deserves to be resisted.
In case they shut down the internet, I saw a great idea someone had of embedding a USB thumb drive in the mortar between bricks of a brick wall or building. Even if the internet were down, or if you were afraid of sending the information over the internet, you could use the thumb drive as a sort of information "dead drop". The only disadvantage to it would be it would limit your information to whoever could physically get to the thumb drive, and also it might look a little weird for many people with laptops to all sidle up to the same brick wall all day. Maybe if one was located inside a coffee house or something like that.
Like I've said, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. Nobody and no one medium has the corner on the market of disinformation. The mainstream media lie constantly through presenting only part of the story, or the wrong part of the story. In 1989, I attended a protest against the turning over of Roe v. Wade to the states in Boston. Tens of thousands of people marched and blocked one of the main thoroughfares, I think it was Memorial Drive but it was long ago so not sure anymore. I was sitting down in a huge crowd of people and the crowd was so thick that I wasn't aware that I was actually sitting in the road until the protest was over and I figured out where I was. (I'd thought it was a parking lot.)
Later, I went into a bar with friends to watch the evening news coverage of the protest. All the news kept showing over and over was a 5 second clip of some woman who lost her temper and punched a cop, and the tail end of the protest after it was all over, when about 6 bull dykes were still standing there with signs all by themselves. The aerial crowd footage was also chosen to make the crowd look thin - it was the edge of the crowd. The seemingly liberal media had let us down. They made us look like a small bunch of cop-punching fringe. (no offense to any bull dykes intended)
That day was the day I stopped trusting mainstream media. Basically, the best policy is don't trust any media completely. Everyone has an axe to grind. (even me). And no, the mainstream media isn't all liberal either, or they would have represented this protest as what it really was, a gigantic, peaceful (except for that one woman) protest of people from all walks of life, men and women, clogging the main road for an hour or two.