A wee lesson for the constabulary

I doubt that the police have heard of the Streisand Effect.

I also doubt our judiciary have heard of it either. We are dealing with the real world here and the real world wants to know stuff and they want to know it right now.

The real world has moved on from 1985. Bill Hodge was wrong the other night on TV saying the courts were catching up with technology. The reason is the “Streisand Effect”.

The Police, by charging me ensured that the secret they have alleged I breached became the secret that everyone wanted to know. I didn’t do that, they did, by charging a blogger who writes articles everyday and who conducts most of his life very publicly.

In case they don’t know how to click on links the Streisand Effect is described on Wikipedia as;

The Streisand effect is an Internet phenomenon where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of causing the information to be publicized widely and to a greater extent than would have occurred if no censorship had been attempted. As early as 1993, “The Net treated censorship as damage and routed around it.” Examples of such attempts include censoring a photograph, a number, a file, or a website (for example via a cease-and-desist letter). Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across the Internet, or distributed on file-sharing networks.

Mike Masnick originally coined the term Streisand effect in reference to a 2003 incident in which Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully sued photographer Kenneth Adelman and Pictopia.com for US$50 million in an attempt to have the aerial photograph of her mansion removed from the publicly available collection of 12,000 California coastline photographs, citing privacy concerns. Adelman stated that he was photographing beachfront property to document coastal erosion as part of the California Coastal Records Project. As a result of the case, public knowledge of the picture increased substantially and it became popular on the Internet, with more than 420,000 people visiting the site over the next month.

Witness the Streisand Effect on whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz

Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Gotcha! - The Streisand Effect

Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Gotcha! - The Streisand Effect