.: About This Website
This web site was created to publish my essays, opinion editorials and poetry. I have submitted my work to numerous magazines and newspapers. However, with the exception of local newspapers (like The Brockton Enterprise and The Metro) only 1000 Watts Publications has published my work. My thought was that it would be better for me to self-publish my content. No more concerns about censorship, at least for now.
As a sidebar here, please know that efforts are always underway to control content. The Internet is the last bastion of free expression, next to physically printing, binding and distributing one’s own work. Yet, even a manual effort like that faces local ordinances of solicitation, contradictory federal laws, and the inevitable bites from the sharks that swim about when something becomes a popular commodity.
Perhaps you have heard of the efforts to instill a tiered system to the Internet (also known as the Net Neutrality Issue)? This would be a lot like cable television with a basic tier, premium channels and pay-per view options. Except with the Internet, certain news outlets and stores would be faster and more secure and sites like mine would be slower. Anyone who designs web sites knows that if a page does not load correctly within 30 seconds, that a viewer may lose interest and go elsewhere. Likewise, a site that is not easy to navigate will create disgruntled users.
Consider also how hard copy books are distributed now. There is a book called Selling Free Enterprise: the business assault on labor and liberalism, 1945-60 by Elizabeth A. Fones-Wolf, published in 1994. I heard Noam Chomsky discuss the book in a speech and I became curious. My library did not carry it, nor did any library in the Old Colony Library Network. I decided that I would buy it and could not find it in Barnes & Noble. I tried to order it and waited several weeks for it to come in. Barnes & Noble gave me the number for the book repository in California, who in turn gave me the run around for a couple of weeks; promising to send it but never fulfilling the order. I finally gave up and bought a used copy from Amazon. As it turns out, this is an extremely important book that skillfully details how the wealthy have been pounding a capitalist fantasy into our heads for decades. The point of this story is that books are no longer officially censored they are just made unattainable to everyone. I had to go through hoops to get this book and in the end I had to purchase it online. So the poor will never read it for free and the working class risk identity theft to buy it.
Thus, no matter how well I design this site I do risk having the content become unattainable to the average viewer. I would have to invest money into advertising and paying off the ISPs to make sure my content is available to have a chance if the Internet becomes tiered. Yet, I am sure this will not be the only way to control content on the Internet. We are only seeing the beginnings of this attack on web communication freedom. The sad part is that the news does not report on the laws that go through Congress that eventually have a lasting effect on access to information.