Censored StampTwo things transpired last week that have raised the question – is the Internet at risk to over regulation?

Sequestration apparently hasn’t affected the FAA just yet; and, Joan Rivers is just now realizing the Internet exists.

In today’s society – one where our own government throws temper tantrums over spending cuts vs tax breaks – a tantrum that could cripple the Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland economies – has decided, yes, lets waste our tax dollars investigating or regulating people dancing on a plane or cussing on the internet.

Perhaps Joan Rivers has a (bleeping) opinion.

Should society protest – whether virtually or in person – to question whether the Government is becoming big brother?

I’m not hear to discuss politics – although I believe some regulation of the public is necessary to ensure society remains stable and ensures our safety – there comes a point where society has to say they’ve had enough.

With regards to the FAA investigating the Harlem Shake on a plane – this video is nothing more than some college kids having fun on a plane.  It’s not worthy of an FAA investigation.  It’s not worthy of even being on the news.

With regards to Joan Rivers – who cares if she wants to say (bleep)?  If you don’t like it – don’t listen to her!  It’s a free country, right?

So what do the Colorado students who did the Harlem shake on a plane have in common with Joan Rivers being able to say (bleep)?

Although two entirely different topics – they both raise the same question…is this the beginning of over regulation of the internet?

My point is – we have bigger problems to fix.  Oh, I don’t know…like…

Even immigration reform is a teensy bit more important than people dancing on a plane or Joan saying (bleep).

This almost feels like the shiny object to distract you from what’s really going on.

As a marketer – this concerns me.  Mostly because I fear this will eventually lead to over regulation of the Internet.  And that this can alter the way we market products or services that could make our efforts less effective.

Sure – our marketing efforts should never be deceptive.  But what if saying (bleep) is appropriate?  What if a company creates a video in a public setting – will the company be sued or fined because it broke some minuscule rule?

What do you think? Do you think the FAA has the right to investigate the Harlem Shake on a plane?  Or cussing on tv, radio etc.?  Are you worried this will lead to the Government over regulating the Internet because of these situations?