I read a sad piece in the paper about a 19 year old who shot and killed 10 people.
This killer had read some racist material on line and became convinced that he should kill people not of the white race.
It was once very difficult to reach people with a message unless you were a leader of some kind or had buckets of money to advertise.
The internet has made it easy to set up sites that can reach millions. The internet allows us to easily make up a site that is attractive and eye catching. People start to read something and it sounds reasonable to them. They bungle into more of the same message very easily by clicking on a few links.
People use the facilities of the internet to easily communicate what ever idea comes to their head. Many times it can be racist , violent or to an extreme political view.
So is it time to put some control on internet sites that allow people easy access to millions ?
As bloggers, most of us enjoy communicating about interests we have. I reach around 160 people with my own expertise to set up a blog. With more skill and interest someone can easily set something up that catches more fish.
So is it time to create some regulations that prevent the extreme and dangerous messages from being easily publicized? This would be far from easy. The free speech people would have their say. The bad guys would not like to see their rights taken away.
Where will this end?