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12-23-2008, 03:38 PM
Idaho rep wants law to curb nasty Web discourse

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- State Rep. Steve Hartgen, a former newspaper publisher, says he might introduce a bill to force people to use their real names when posting comments on the Internet.

"A modest proposal that simply required the posting of a true name with respect to comments and blogs would go a long way," Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, told the Times-News, adding that the absence of such a provision "discourages people from participating in civil life. To me, it reflects a coarsening and cheapening of public debate, which I think is not healthy for Idaho."

Hartgen, who was appointed to the Legislature in July and won election in November, is a former publisher and managing editor of the Times-News but hasn't been affiliated with the newspaper since 2005.

His suggestion has prompted an outcry from Web users, who argue that it would chill the spontaneous exchange of ideas on the Internet.

"Here's a reality check for Steve: A lot of people use pseudonyms because they face employment or other personal repercussions for making their real opinions public, particularly if they criticize the powerful," wrote Seattle resident Dave Neiwert, a former Times-News staffer from the 1980s and now a freelancer and blogger at Crooks and Liars. "I know you know all about that, too, Steve. Taking away that cover will remove valuable voices and important perspectives from the public dialogue."

Neiwert told the newspaper the bill likely wouldn't withstand a court challenge.

"It's just true silliness," he said. "Most of the public is capable of discerning the stuff between an anonymous commentator and the stuff from a serious journalist."

Old newsies need to just back away from the Internet and let the rest of us get on with it.

Denver Post (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/ID_BLOG_COMMENT_LAW_IDOL-?SITE=CODEN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)

ralph wiggum
12-23-2008, 03:43 PM
But Ralph Wiggum is my real name. :D

12-23-2008, 03:56 PM
But Ralph Wiggum is my real name. :DHave you had a sex change ? I read you as a woman !

12-23-2008, 04:12 PM
Have you had a sex change ? I read you as a woman !

Ralph's hotness transcends gender, Moo. It has for years now. :p

ralph wiggum
12-23-2008, 04:13 PM
Have you had a sex change ? I read you as a woman !

What? :eek:

12-23-2008, 11:20 PM
WTF. Where do they find these people?

Did anyone happen to notice the irony?
State Rep. Steve Hartgen, a former newspaper publisherDidn't the press give us "Deep Throat"? :rolleyes: