HD-DVD Fiasco: Let the Truth Come Out

Several very popular websites are now linking here, including TechCrunch and Wired, so if my site is intermittently unavailable, I apologize.

To recap: an HD-DVD processing key was submitted to Digg. That post was removed and that user’s Digg account was deleted. I re-submitted the story. My post was removed and my Digg account was deleted. Hundreds of stories were submitted since then, some being removed, some slipping through the cracks.

Now, Kevin Rose (Digg’s founder) announces on the Digg blog that our voices have been heard and that Digg’s editorial crew will no longer be removing stories about this processing key.

This series of events brings up lots of questions. Ryan Block of Engadget asked what I think is the central issue here. “How did such a loyal userbase as Digg’s so quickly divert its all-consuming energy to defying — even damaging — the company to which it was so loyal?”

In other words, why are we doing this?

The answer to that question is simple. People want the truth.

If a single entity is responsible for giving the news to the masses, that entity has the ability to control it. Before the Internet, people heard the news from the television, radio, and newspaper. It was one-way communication. People heard what was broadcast, and accepted it as truth. There was no such thing as “user-generated content”, or even feedback on a story or article.

Enter the digital era.

With the possibilities created by the Internet, every person has a voice. The truth can no longer be controlled by a single entity. The truth is the truth, and I say let the truth be told.

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 is a hexadecimal number. You can’t copyright a number. It’s not illegal for people to disseminate this number. It’s not intellectual property. Therefore, Digg was wrong in their attempts to destroy all articles relating to this number.

Digg was one of the websites that most closely fits the ideal: Allowing people to receive un-filtered content. If Digg begins censoring, another site will pop up and users will flock to it en mass.

We’re not addicted to Digg. We’re addicted to the truth.

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