The internet and a lack of integrity

Lately there’s been a lot of chatter about federal regulation of the internet.  In general, I am blue-blooded American enough that I do not believe the government should curtail our freedom of speech unless it is truly a health and safety matter, such as the over-used example of yelling FIRE in a crowded theater.  But now that I am more actively a part of this internet community, I am so disappointed in the lack of integrity of many of the internet’s apparently honest users.  In the last 3 days I have found my own original material republished in several different blogs without either my permission nor any credit given to me.  Only one republishing out of 5 was done correctly, and the others are plagarized so badly the resulting article makes no sense.  I don’t understand how or why this is happening, and it saddens me, since it is clear that so many of us are on the web because we want to connect, learn, share, and generally be members of this special segment of society.

So, although I do not like the idea of federal regulation, I am disappointed that there is not more self-control of websites over the content they allow to be posted on them.  It’s a touchy matter, that is true, but anarchy and lack of rules is not a healthy situation to have either.

Peoples’ dishonesty has always disappointed me, but my personality is such that I keep hoping for integrity, honesty, love, kindness, and competence to be the norm.  That means respecting copyright in music, in embroidery design, in writing, in movies, in all creative endeavours.  That means attributing credit where credit is due.  We can support each other by building each other up, encouraging each other, and praising each other’s accomplishments. This also means not sharing articles, patterns, music, movies, and embroidery designs that are not ours to share.

I guess it’s time for my rant to be over.

Now I will go back to enjoying the best of what our internet society has to offer, and hoping that more of us will self-regulate, so that the feds don’t feel they have to step in.

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