May 29th, 2005



If DRM is ever made workable, it would conveniently solve the current issue with my journal. I want to enrage my friends. More accurately, the topics I want to spend time spilling out page after page would bother a subsection of PIGASA. Preemptive: if it was simply shit talking, then I would have no issue clicking the “Submit” button. Here is where DRM enters the picture. The issue would be solved if I could restrict viewing to everyone except them.

This is silly on multiple economic levels.

I’m not charging money for my content. So, investing in a hypothetical DRM technology would need to be less expensive than the lazy and apathetic strategy of simply not posting. For the sake of a few more paragraphs, I’m going to progress with the assumption the investment is worthwhile. Why would it not work?

My journal entries are boring. These unwritten entries, in particular, are only appealing to the very demographic I’m attempting to restrict. Thus, the legitimate consumers of the content (people I don’t care about reading it) and the people who actively want the content (people I don’t want reading it) are left in a market situation nicely handled through the application of capitalism. That pesky invisible hand will only fight against me!

With that, the world of technology has been left and only a social solution could resolve the situation. Is there an already existing model where in a person who wants something willfully abstains? As appealing as trusting a communal construct, they exist as a imperfect system of percentages and statistics. There will always be terrorists.

And I’m left with looking at two buttons on my desktop. First one is the drop-down switching a post from Public to Private. T’other is Logjam‘s close button. I could always post anonymously, but where is the fun in that?