More on annoying
A stitch in haste, addressing the hysteria of the law banning annoying people, notes:
–The word “annoy” appeared in the original VAWA; that is not the new language. Rather, the amendment extends the “annoy” element to the Internet as well as to the telephone. I do of course consider “annoy” to be an unconstitutionally vague term, but let’s acknowledge that its presence in the statute is not new. What is an “annoying” blog? Who knows. But then again, what is an “annoying” telephone call?
–The law applies, at most, to emails and not, contrary to all the panic, to web message boards and especially not to blogs. The statute requires a “transmission” — a website is not a “transmission” and is clearly not covered by the amendment. This is, at most, about anonymous e-mails that are intentionally sent (i.e., “transmitted”) to specific email addresses. I “send” (i.e., transmit) emails but I don’t “send” (i.e., transmit) my blog anywhere — readers seek it out.
Further, he states its intent is for internet phone calls. Sure, maybe the reaction from us libertarian types was alarmist, but in this case it should be.