[linux-elitists] [farber@cis.upenn.edu: IP: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!]

Seth David Schoen schoen@loyalty.org
Sat May 20 11:34:51 PDT 2000

When Jim Warren is right, he's right.

----- Forwarded message from Dave Farber <farber@cis.upenn.edu> -----

Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 19:58:35 -0400
To: ip-sub-1@majordomo.pobox.com
From: Dave Farber <farber@cis.upenn.edu>
Subject: IP: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!

>Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 16:50:07 -0800
>To: farber@cis.upenn.edu (Dave Farber), neumann@csl.sri.com
>From: Jim Warren <jwarren@well.com>
>Subject: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!
>[Also blind-cc'ed to others.  Recirculate freely.]
>The media didn't call the World Trade Towers bomb, "the Ryder Truck bomb."
>They didn't call the Unibomber bombs, "US Postal Service bombs."
>They should stop mislabeling computer viruses by their *innocent* carrier
>-- the Internet.
>They should start labeling them what they are: "Microsoft Outlook Express
>virus" or "Microsoft Explorer virus" or "Microsoft Word macro virus
>(reputedly the single largest source of viruses for years!)."
>Or more briefly -- and accurately -- just call each one, "the latest
>Microsoft virus."
>Let's ask the major media, below, for some *truth* in labeling -- giving
>"credit" where credit really is due.  Let's ask them to stop shooting the
>messenger, and start naming the real origin -- the errors and dangers that
>Microsoft has built into its products for *years*.
>CNN:  http://www.cnn.com/feedback/
>CNNfn:  http://cnnfn.com/resources/email.html
>ABC:  http://abcnews.go.com/service/Help/abc_contactus.html
>CNBC:  http://www.cnbc.com/misc/feedback.asp
>CBS:  http://cbsnews.cbs.com/ and click on "Feedback" in the lefthand column
>NBC:  Nightly News, email to:  nightly@nbc.com
>Fox: News Channel, email to:  comments@foxnews.com
>Fox Digital:  email to:  comments@newsdigital.com
>NEW YORK TIMES:  "Letters" Editor, email to:  letters@nytimes.com
>WASHINGTON POST: email to:  webnews@washpost.com
>   and click on  http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/opinion/letterstotheeditor/
>LOS ANGELES TIMES:  http://www.latimes.com/siteservices/talk_contacts.htm
>WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Letters" Editor, email to:  letter.editor@edit.wsj.com
>--jim, Jim Warren; jwarren@well.com
>Contributing Editor & technology public-policy columnist, MicroTimes Magazine
>Also GovAccess list-owner/editor; 345 Swett Rd, Woodside CA 94062
>   voice/650-851-7075; fax-disconnected-"for"-spam
>[self-inflating puff: Hugh Hefner First-Amendment Award, Playboy Foundation;
>Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (in its first year);
>James Madison Freedom-of-Information Award, Soc.of Prof.Journalists-Nor.Calif
>founded InfoWorld; the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conferences; etc etc etc.]

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