Congress is taking action on the future of the first amendment and the internet. The situation is neatly described in a simple video by Public Knowledge. Unfortunately, many people with intellectual, theoretical, amateur, and commercial ties to the web, both small and large alike, have not paid nearly enough attention to this issue of content restriction and the redirection of consumer attention in the interest of corporate benefit.
The spirit of the web is so open and community based that such regulation is counter intuitive, but there are three stunning examples, one from Canada, one from North Carolina, and one involving Time Warner's AOL, which illustrate what can happen when a corporation is allowed to wrap its hands around the neck of what you are looking for or trying to accomplish on the internet.
Be Ware. Be Armed.
Thanks to Doug for the head's up.