I get almost a hundred comments on my various websites. I am very grateful that my sites have such an online presence on the World Wide Web. Many times the comments add to my articles, respond to other comments, echo what I say, or have a question. However, sometimes a mutant posts with personal attacks, snark, or trolling tactics. Okay, actually most people disagree with me and have to make a personal attack. I vowed not to get into flame wars in the comments section, but considering I got pelted with a few aggressive comments this week, I thought I’d tackle one mutant tonight.
Craigslist is a hot button for many people, but on the internet it seems very few agree with me on regulating it. Thankfully lawmakers and politicians had to force the issue and get craigslist to enact policies to prevent crime.
Here is how I closed one of my craigslist articles:
Craigslist is still a very dangerous place…all of the posts are still viewable- it’s a parent’s nightmare. The phone verification is a step in the right direction, but nowhere near the level regulation that needs to happen for craigslist and other similar websites.
A mutant named Lou took issue with my use of the term REGULATION. That word continues to be a word that makes everyone bonkers on the net. Here’s what Lou said:
What do you want? Big Brother society to watch over us and keep us safe? Like our airports? Your type is whats wrong with our society today. The world is not safe and all the attempts to bring everyone into compliance is just another word for Social Engineering. We don’t need your concern or your world order. I am a simple man who posts on craigslist for my employer. I was able to get it all done by a third party system and maybe now I will have to do it myself. What ever happened to our beautiful country?
What do I want, Lou? How about you face the reality that without any type of regulation, companies and individuals would not have a safety or health standard when selling goods or products? Without forms of government regulation, employers would run over and abuse employees as we’ve seen throughout U.S. history and right now in China and MOST countries. Without oversight, the mortgage crisis had destroyed this economy a few years ago. The U.S. military industrial complex, the NSA, and the CIA in effect have no true watchdog or checks and balances when it comes to their black operations and budgets. Without environment regulations, mankind will pollute everything. I’ve been to Manila, have you? There are no emission regulations. Been to parts of China? You need a mask due to the carbon dioxide. Ever check out the HUDSON RIVER? There are times that we need government regulation because human nature dictates that people are greedy and selfish.
The Internet is an entity that has little or no watchdog, law enforcement, or regulation. Although it is STILL a Wild, Wild, West scenario, it is not as free as it once was. I understand the appeal of having a community of “free people” with no rules, but there are a few cases where blatantly illegal things are happening on the net and those sites need to be “regulated” to protect our kids and unsuspecting adults. Shit gets ABUSED, Lou.
Spammers and prostitutes abused craigslist, and it was pressured to ask for phone verification. The government didn’t “make the” do it; they volunteered it due to the bad new stories and public relations, not to mention legal fees.
The government has regulations on radio, TV, movies, and video games…but the internet has virtually none- it’s up to parents to figure out how to “block” sites and somehow track and monitor their teenagers’ mobile devices. Give me a break, Lou.
By the way, Lou- in the interest of NO REGULATION, I thought I would post all of your personal information for the world to see, but then I realized I don’t want to stoop down to your level, so here’s the redacted version:
Lou Txxxx in San Diego
Yeah, I’m what’s wrong with this country. Keep selling your used cars, Lou. You’ve taken up marketing, sales, and law, and are an angry middle-aged white man…how about you settle down and start your own business, bud, and really help the economy out by hiring people, instead of selling cars on YouTube and spamming craigslist with your car deals.
Hey, Lou, I would have been more civil in a difference of opinion, but you weren’t.