Arizona To Outlaw... Internet Trolling?
Politicians’ complete and willful ignorance of the way the Internet really works would be entertaining, if it weren’t so dangerous. For instance: In Arizona (oh, always Arizona), the state legislature has passed HB 2549, which states (in part):
It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.
Of course the bill is pretty much indefensible on grounds of free speech, intent, general vagueness, whiny-titty-babytude, and basic geography. But the Arizona government has demonstrated that silly concerns like reason aren’t high on their priority list. So all y’all who are just out to annoy me and offend me using your computers (or cell phones or tablets orwhatever)? Y’all had better not be from Arizona, is all.