This reading was really cool and in a lot of ways tied in to me Visual Communications class this semester. We are discussing the freedom to post images and how the law regulates them. For example, I found an article on Facebook discussing how Instagram took down a photo that could possibly cause conflict if people took offense to it, but many people didn't. It was a photo of a woman completely dressed that was having her menstrual cycle. Does that make it morally right to remove the picture?
In regards to this, I found Clive Thompson's quote interesting:
What we need now, as MacKinnon and other thinkers have argued, is a new Magna Carta for the digital age- one that requires corporate providers of online speech to respect the rights of those who speak on their platforms, ‘No person or organization shall be deprived of the ability to connect to others without due process of law and the presumption of innocence,’ is the prime rule suggested by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web…It might seem utopian to imagine this sort of regulation stitched together across nations. (In autocratic ones, it would be impossible.) But in democratic countries it’s not inconceivable. (Thompson, 276).
The link for the below article on Instagram can be found here:
This link relates to what Clive Thompson was talking about as well. It stars Tim Berners-Lee in forming a new digital Magna Carta: