Following Simon Powers announcement today that he is out to tame " the Wild West of the Internet" we reckon that there could be a bit of a stoush looming.
We have often referred to blogs and citizen journalists on the digital media as the last of the Wild West as you can see here
I suppose that means that Cactus is probably Annie Oakley and we must be May Lillie crack shot and horsewoman.
While Power probably needs to review whats happening - who in tarnation advised him to set about making the bloggers and online community the enemy?
Our favourite uber political geek David Farrar so rightly says the way its been done will probably rub a few people up the wrong way. We agree.
So we hope that we get to have a say sometime during the course of the year. We like the idea of workshops to nut out a few ideas.
But at the end of the day one of the corner stones of the media in any form, is freedom of thought and expression. And that must be the corner stone of any thinking around the digital media - it is still the media and today the lines between digital and print and broadcast are becoming very blurred .
While we think that Whale Oils recent case shows we are not above the law we dont want any changes that impinge on our media freedoms.
Otherwise it will be the Battle of the Little Bighorn Bloggers with Power standing in for Custer.