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DeCSS and Napster Get Covered In Comic Strip.

By dr3 in MLP
Mon Mar 12, 2001 at 03:25:54 AM EST
Tags: Humour (all tags)

Over at SecurityFocus.Com I found an article reporting that a Comic Strip by the name of Boondocks had done a comic on the DeCSS case and the Riaa/Napster Case.

So for the sake of curiosity I ventured over to UComics.Com to check it out. Well what I saw was one of the best uses of Old Fashion Media I have seen in a long time(IMHO). I thought I would share these Comics with you (the K5 reader.) With this I would like to pose a few question for discussion.

Do you support such tongue in cheek comics or do you like the mindless frilly comics? If so why do you think that not many comics will venture into such territory? And last but not least. Do you feel that using such a medium will advance the cause or the views of the author?

I personally think that it is awesome and have ordered copies of the comic framed.


The First Riaa Related Comic

The Second Riaa Strip

The Third Riaa Strip

The First DeCSS Strip

The Second DeCSS Strip

The Third DeCSS Strip

Just noticed that the official site for The BoonDocks Comic strip is down. Mere coincidence?


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Do You Read the daily Comics
o Yes 29%
o No 19%
o I dont do paper im all digital 32%
o Read? I dont read I use Dictation Software on my 486 1%
o This poll sucks. 17%

Votes: 84
Results | Other Polls

Related Links
o SecurityFo cus.Com
o article
o Boondocks
o Riaa/Napst er Case
o UComics.Co m
o The First Riaa Related Comic
o The Second Riaa Strip
o The Third Riaa Strip
o The First DeCSS Strip
o The Second DeCSS Strip
o The Third DeCSS Strip
o BoonDocks
o Also by dr3

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DeCSS and Napster Get Covered In Comic Strip. | 20 comments (8 topical, 12 editorial, 0 hidden)
uh, what? (3.00 / 3) (#11)
by klamath on Fri Mar 09, 2001 at 11:19:59 PM EST

From the linked article at SecurityFocus:
... Huey, a strongly opinionated civil libertarian and Ralph Nader-booster
Wouldn't a libertarian support laissez-faire capitalism and limited government, rather than Nader's policy of stronger government and weaker corporations? In many ways, aren't they opposites?

Disclaimer: I'm not American, and I know very little about American politics. I do consider myself a casual Libertarian though...

"libertarian" (5.00 / 2) (#12)
by Luke Francl on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 12:38:07 AM EST

The word "libertarian" has many meanings. In American, "libertarian" is typically associated with laissez-faire capitalism, natural rights, and other theories dealing with individual liberity and property. However, in Europe, there is long standing use going towards a more socialistic bent. The only common tie is the insistence on individual liberity. Incidentally, American libertarians and greens have a great deal in common, though they won't often admit it: ending the war on drugs, and reducing military spending, for instance.

However, "civil libertarian" is not directly related to either of these kinds of libertarians. It simply means someone who is a proponent of civil liberty. In America, this typically means defense of the First and Fourth Amendments, which guarantee freedom of the press, religion, and protection from undue search and seizure. The ACLU is the most proment civil libertarian orgainization, and the EFF is a strong supporter of civil liberties as they aply to the Internet (I am a member of the EFF).

[ Parent ]
Libertarian in Europe? (none / 0) (#16)
by Per Abrahamsen on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 07:55:23 AM EST

I only see the word "libertarian" used in Europe by people who have beliefs close to the US libertarian party.

Liberal, on the other hand, is used to describe the part of the right wing that in general goes against government intervention. They are mostly allied woth the conservatives who are _for_ government intervention, but only when it benefits the rich.

The quick way to tell what I consider a true libertarian apart from just about anything else in Europe, is to ask if the government should put restrictions on who are allowed to live where.

[ Parent ]
I think you're right, today (5.00 / 3) (#18)
by Luke Francl on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 12:04:19 PM EST

I think you are right. It seems the free-market usage of the word "libertarian" has taken over. There are still some anarchists who maintain a socialist view. Here's two definitions I found after searching the web for a while, one from a libertarian and one from an anarchist (the socialist kind, but anarchists say that's the only kind ;). The third is from Brian Caplan's Anarchist Theory FAQ, which tries to be even-handed but is much reviled by socialist anarchists as biased. It's where I first learned of the confusion over "libertarian".

Here at home, though, by the 1940s the word liberal had clearly been lost to the advocates of big government. Some classical liberals resisted for a time, doggedly insisting that they were the true liberals and that the so-called liberals in Washington were in fact recreating the Old Order of state power that liberals had fought to overthrow. But others resigned themselves to finding a new term. In the 1950s Leonard Read, founder of the Foundation for Economic Education, began calling himself a libertarian. That word had long been used for the advocates of free will (as opposed to determinism); and, like liberal, it was derived from the Latin liber, free. The name was gradually embraced by a growing band of libertarians in the 1960s and 1970s. A Libertarian Party was formed in 1972. The term was still rejected by some of the greatest 20th-century libertarians, including Ayn Rand, who called herself a "radical for capitalism," and Friedrich Hayek, who continued to call himself a liberal or an Old Whig.
-- from http://www.libertarianism.org/ex-3.html Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz
How libertarian is right-Libertarian theory?

The short answer is, not very. Liberty not only implies but also requires independent, critical thought (indeed, anarchists would argue that critical thought requires free development and evolution and that it is precisely this which capitalist hierarchy crushes). For anarchists a libertarian theory, if it is to be worthy of the name, must be based upon critical thought and reflect the key aspect that characterises life - change and the ability to evolve. To hold up dogma and base "theory" upon assumptions (as opposed to facts) is the opposite of a libertarian frame of mind. A libertarian theory must be based upon reality and recognise the need for change and the existence of change. Unfortunately, right-Libertarianism is marked more by ideology than critical analysis.
-- from http://unseelie.org/anarchy/secF1.html#secf12 "An Anarchist FAQ"
Is anarchism the same thing as libertarianism?

This is actually a complicated question, because the term "libertarianism" itself has two very different meanings. In Europe in the 19th-century, libertarianism was a popular euphemism for left-anarchism. However, the term did not really catch on in the United States.

After World War II, many American-based pro-free-market intellectuals opposed to traditional conservatism were seeking for a label to describe their position, and eventually picked "libertarianism." ("Classical liberalism" and "market liberalism" are alternative labels for the same essential position.) The result was that in two different political cultures which rarely communicated with one another, the term "libertarian" was used in two very different ways. At the current time, the American use has basically taken over completely in academic political theory (probably owing to Nozick's influence), but the European use is still popular among many left-anarchist activists in both Europe and the U.S.

The semantic confusion was complicated further when some of the early post-war American libertarians determined that the logical implication of their view was, in fact, a variant of anarchism. They adopted the term "anarcho-capitalism" to differentiate themselves from more moderate libertarianism, but were still generally happy to identify themselves with the broader free-market libertarian movement.

-- from http://www.gmu.edu/departments/economics/bcaplan/anarfaq.htm#part6 Anarchist Theory FAQ by Brian Caplan

[ Parent ]
Libertarian definitions. (4.00 / 3) (#13)
by Eric Henry on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 12:59:16 AM EST

I think you're mixing up three different definitions. A civil libertarian is interested in protecting the rights people are guaranteed by law. In the US that means most often those affirmed by our constitution, although it is sometimes expanded to what people would call human rights as well. Think of the ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Untion. Then there's the US Libertarian Party, which is the laissez-faire capitalist, minimal government group you're apparently thinking of. Lastly, libertarianism is, pretty broadly speaking, any philosophy believing in the importance of free will.

Eric Henry

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them. --Rousseau

[ Parent ]
boring comics (2.11 / 9) (#17)
by MicroBerto on Sat Mar 10, 2001 at 11:46:57 AM EST

while the attention is cool, these comics are simply lame. I've read comics all my life, and have never heard of this one, and hopefully won't ever see it again.

- GAIM: MicroBerto
Bertoline - My comic strip
Comic site (none / 0) (#19)
by msbrauer on Sun Mar 11, 2001 at 02:46:37 AM EST

When I first saw these comics in the papers, I took a look at the web page to see if there were some comments by the artist. The site _was_ up, though it hadn't been updated since April of 2000, as far as I could tell. So while your conspiracy theory could be true, it's probably not....

All Your Comic Strips Is Belong to Them! (none / 0) (#20)
by the Epopt on Mon Mar 12, 2001 at 10:32:03 AM EST

The 12 March Foxtrot comic strip uses that annoying catch-phrase that is epidemic right now.

Of course, I'm not sure what is so news-worthy about comic strips reflecting current events . . . .
Most people who need to be shot need to be shot soon and a lot.
Very few people need to be shot later or just a little.


DeCSS and Napster Get Covered In Comic Strip. | 20 comments (8 topical, 12 editorial, 0 hidden)
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