Hey, That's My District
Dave is sounding the alarm about a bill that AP says would give the entertainment industry "authority to secretly hack into consumers' computers or knock them off-line entirely if they are caught downloading copyrighted material."
A co-sponsor of the bill is North Carolina's own Howard Coble. Dave wants to know who lives in the NC 6th district represented by Coble. Hey, that's my district.
But what can one lonely blogger do to sound the alarm here in Greensboro? Hey, I write a weekly op-ed column for the regional daily newspaper!
So thanks, Dave, for answering the most pressing question of every Friday afternoon of my life, namely, what am I going to write about next week?
Lots to do. Call Coble's office. Learn more about the bill--maybe I'll end up being in favor of it, although my early understanding of the legislation makes it sound pretty bad. Either way, a good story for next Sunday's N&R. If Coble really is pushing a bad bill because he is too loyal to the entertainment companies that have given him much money, and if the content of that bill gives those companies scary powers over regular folks like the ones who vote for Howard, it will be very interesting.
Howard Coble is a well-liked guy, known for eschewing his Congressional pension plan out of conservative principle. He got 91% of the vote in 2000 and is running unopposed this time.
Blogging and journalism convergence: this idea went from a newspaper (NYT) to a blogger (Dave) to another blogger (me) to a newspaper (me).