The internet used to be like the Wild West – a world full of possibilities, but above all, a place of freedom.
The price to pay for this freedom was that sometimes, bad things happened. It was a world where it was easier to live as an outlaw; it was easier to prey upon the weak, the vulnerable. And so, the west was tamed.
But the similarity ends there. Internet “authorities” – in many cases private companies – are not focused on making the internet a safer place. Practicing crime on the internet remains almost as easy as it was ten years ago.
What is much more difficult is to exchange ideas. Or craft comedy. Or even to be offensive and rude (but not violent) just for the heck of it.
We know that the king is evil when the first person to be executed is the court jester.