Myspace

What’s really disturbing about this is not just that it appears that several hundred registered sex offenders have a Myspace profile, but that Myspace’s main effort to date seems to have been pushing legislation forcing sex offenders to register their email addresses. Such legislation would probably get a lot of political support, as it’s a PR-friendly way to be tough on crime with very little effort, but how practical would it be? I don’t know about you guys, but I have three email addresses, two webpages and two blogs right now, and half of those are free accounts I got for my pen name, which, obviously, isn’t my real name. Do they think sex offenders somehow don’t know how to register for a free email address? I’m just worried this legislation is a way to shift responsibility without actually doing anything about the problem.

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