Starting Line
My Mac Magazine #29, Sept. ’97

On September 1, 1997, in The Starting Line, by Barbara Bell

Dear Readers:

Well, Macworld Expo has come and gone. Boy, did Steve Jobs have some interesting news for us this time! I’m almost glad I couldn’t go to his opening address. I probably would have started screaming! Well, I won’t belabor that whole issue here. I’m sure it’s being adequately covered elsewhere in our little ezine! ;­)

For all you free speech fanatics (of which I am proud to say I’m one), I found a wonderful site called Peacefire ( What brought this site to my attention was something I read concerning blocking software programs. Now, don’t get me wrong! I think blocking software has its place. I would much rather using blocking software than have Congress tell me what I can and cannot browse on the Web. No, the problem is blocking software also practices its own brand of censorship. If your interest is free speech, I suggest you visit the site-it’s a real eye opener. When you are finished there, visit the Citizen’s Internet Empowerment Coalition at They were a big help in proving the Communications Decency Act was unconstitutional.

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