Samuel Johnson on regulating the internet
One of the favourite hunting grounds for those with a passion for
regulating and "getting things right" is language. In the preface to his
great dictionary, Samuel Johnson wrote: "Sounds are too volatile and
subtle for legal restraints. To enchain syllables, and to lash the wind,
are equally the undertakings of pride."
I think Johnson would have said the same about regulating the
internet. Being dead, he cannot, of course, disagree with what I suggest
he might have said. This is perhaps a naughty game to play. What might
Plato have said about the internet?
Richard Smith, Editor, BMJ
Competing interests: No competing interests