If the majority decides something is true, then it’s the truth. Well isn’t it? I mean that’s the simplified basis for the study of reality and truth as I remember it from my freshman level college philosophy class. Ok, so it’s over simplified, but I do know truth is merely a perception, greatly differing by the point of view of the perceiver. I do remember the weight of reality is greatly enhanced if large groups of people believe the same basis or tone or idea. In the case of Digg and its community of over 15 million users, they agreed the community had the right declare reality is (as it applies to the case of Chester Millstock’s post) covered under our rights of FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
What’s this all about? In an article published in Business Week on May 3rd, this idea of reality and its implications are reported. Chester Millstock had posted a chunk of code, that is readily available online through a simple Google search, code needed for illegally copying high-def DVD’s. For posting this code on Digg, he was banned by the site. (Gotta love the battle over indignity) Millstock promptly re-registered and started an online discussion / debate among the community, engaging virtually tens of thousands Digg members. Yes, the community got involved, mostly sited with Millstock, thus, quoting Millstock: “If the majority decides something is true, then it’s the truth.” It seems now, Digg, the company has now joined that majority and is backing the opinion of Millstock. (thankfully)
Digg, a community driven content site, in the spirit and success of the wikipedia, is structured in such a way that it’s members submit news and links from around the web and post comments and generate on the fly community opinion and feedback. I rely on Digg for my tech news, ALWAYS providing an up-to-date snap shot of what’s generating a buzz, and you know what? I’m part of that community too. I am proud of Digg for getting behind the majority, standing behind Millstock and knowing the community will reciprocate if Digg becomes embroiled in a legal battle. I have watched the web mature over the past 15 years and seen a community of (virtually) active and engaged folks. The never-ending battle of regulating speech and information has become complicated. New laws being written, jurisdiction being defined, rights and regulations shifting constantly. Thankfully I see an articulate, conscious and fair community, majority rule, and that’s the reality I wish to acknowledge. Thank you, online virtual, and REAL community. THAT’S THE TRUTH. (Thank you. )