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If you think the passage of the #CopyrightDirective is an indicator of how old people are stupid and don't understand the internet, you're making a mistake.
After all, a bunch of old people who CREATED the internet were opposed to this from the start.

eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
Lawmakers don't have to be experts to make good decisions. We don't need a parliament of microbiologists and epidemiologists to keep us all from dying of lysteria or cholera.
What lawmakers do is empanel expert regulatory bodies that take in evidence, have democratic, accountable and transparent processes, and then create policies (or sometimes a range of policies whose best option is a political choice for legislators to make)
That didn't happen with #Article13. The evidence from technical, legal, human rights, and other experts was roundly ignored in favour of garbage like laughably bad "reports" that made obviously false claims about the origin of the opposition

boingboing.net/2019/03/02/jul…
The thing is, this is SO MUCH WORSE than "clueless old MEPs don't understand the internet."
This is "MEPs are so fucking indifferent to the truth that they will ignore evidence and trample the evidentiary process itself to make policy that benefits their corporate allies, and they don't give a solitary fuck if it destroys the internet"
Other things these MEPs don't give a fuck about:

* Discrediting the EU on the eve of elections where sceptic parties are seeking to dismantle it

* Making a mockery of the idea of evidence-based democratic deliberation itself

* Weakening public confidence in public institutions
Age has nothing to do with it. There are hordes of Millennial shkrelis out there ready to grift away your future for limited-edition Wu-Tang merch just as there are hordes of Boris Johnsonoids willing to sell you out for racist chuckles
What matters is good will, good faith, and a commitment to our shared , species-wide destiny. No demographic has a monopoly on that .
Nor is any demographic immune to the grotesque blood-sacrifice rituals demanded by the transhuman artificial life forms we call limited liability corporations.
Some people want to watch the world burn. Some people want to douse the fires. Pick a side based on which of those you prefer, not what year you were born in.
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