Editorial: February 1996

A mind shattering event shook the net this month. With the signing of the Telecomm Bill by President Clinton, the hidden rider Communication Decency Act attached at the end, the First Amendment took a right jab in it's online integrity. The net effect of the CDA is that it criminalizes the transmission of 'indecent' material over online services to minors. The question remains, what the heck is 'indecent' and how the hell are we supposed to control whether or not a minor downloads publically available files? Are we supposed to police the net for all 'indecent' material and wipe it off the face of the net? Am I supposed to be held responsible for every ASCII character I type while online? Where is the line drawn?

Luckily for us, a federal judge passed an injunction on the CDA sections of the Telecomm bill within a day of it being signed declaring that it's constitutionality was in question. President Clinton even requested that the Department of Justice not enforce the CDA due to it's questionable wording in relation to the Constitution. As relieving as this sounds for our basic fundamental freedoms, the fact still remains that a bunch of old men up on Capitol Hill haven't a clue what goes on in the online community and somehow feel justified on clamping down our freedom of speech. It appears that the First Amendment is once again coming one step closer to becoming void where prohibited by law. To paraphrase John Perry Barlow of the EFF, "You can have my 'indecent' online resources, when you pry them from my cold dead fingers." So in case any of you are worried that suddenly my web pages, albeit a little light on the 'indecency', will disappear, don't. I have no intention of stooping to the level of Congress, of which the majority have never been online in their life. Now, onto this months features.

This month we have interviews with Nigel Ayers of Nocturnal Emissions, another interview with Jurgen Engler of Die Krupps, and an interview with the geniuses behind N.U.M. Factory, Jason Prost & Anthony Smith who are responsible for no less than six different projects; hex80, mindFluxFuneral, drone, interrupt, e.bola & parallax shift. Also featured are a a ton of independent artist reviews and the return magazine reviews. The interview with Rodney Orpheus of Sungod and Cassandra Complex was pushed back a month in order to add more depth to the article. Next month's features could also include interviews with Rhys Fulber of Front Line Assembly, Brian Williams of Lustmord, Piece Machine, and The Aggression as well as the usual smattering of music and magazine reviews.


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