The Sheer Stupidity of Newspapers These Days

Well, you've probably read that the HD-DVD folks are now preparing to sue. And though I've never been a fan of anti-copying software, believing it to be a waste of time, I do believe the industry is well within its rights to bring such a suit -- and will likely win. The Digg community may well have just committed the first Web 2.0 suicide.

But that's not what I want to write about. As you can imagine, my column created a bit of an uproar in the blogosphere, with any number of future cubicle dwellers and corporate slaves calling me (self-employed for all but four of the last 27 years) a reactionary and a tool of big capitalism.

But what I found most amusing was a comment by a blogger at Boing Boing saying that s/he had discussed my column with Drew Curtis, founder of the hugely popular, and that Drew had replied, ominously:

"The article questions why Digg censors spam and porn, but not the HD-DVD key. I think mainstream media is now going to use this as an excuse to turn on Web 2.0. They've been waiting for the opening, and now they have it."

Dear reader, I have to admit it is true. I thought I had effectively disguised myself as a middle-age suburban dad out in California, sitting in my underwear writing this column at 1 a.m. on Wednesday nights. But now, I've finally been unmasked as the Evil Overlord of the Mainstream Media!

I'm free, free! Free at last to emerge from the shadows and send my millions of minions out to do my evil work. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Tad's Tab: The latest from the teen tech trenches, from Michael Malone's 15-year-old son, Tad Malone:

In my ongoing effort to find music without the help of the p2p music networks, I came across ( This site gives you the opportunity to search through Google for many file types, including music, ringtones and e-books. There seems to be nothing illegal about it, because you find the files through Google. Best of all, g2p makes the process both easy and painless.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Michael S. Malone, once called the Boswell of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best-known technology writers. He has covered Silicon Valley and high-tech for more than 25 years, beginning with the San Jose Mercury News, as the nation's first daily high-tech reporter. His articles and editorials have appeared in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, the Economist and Fortune, and for two years he was a columnist for The New York Times. He was editor of Forbes ASAP, the world's largest-circulation business-tech magazine, at the height of the dot-com boom. Malone is best-known as the author or co-author of a dozen books, notably the best-selling "Virtual Corporation." Malone has also hosted three public television interview series, and most recently co-produced the celebrated PBS miniseries on social entrepreneurs, "The New Heroes." He has been the "Silicon Insider" columnist since 2000.

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