Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 16:50:07 -0800
To: farber () cis upenn edu (Dave Farber), neumann () csl sri com
From: Jim Warren <jwarren () well com>
Subject: it's time the media started labeling these viruses correctly!
[Also blind-cc'ed to others. Recirculate freely.]
The media didn't call the World Trade Towers bomb, "the Ryder Truck bomb."
They didn't call the Unibomber bombs, "US Postal Service bombs."
They should stop mislabeling computer viruses by their *innocent* carrier
-- the Internet.
They should start labeling them what they are: "Microsoft Outlook Express
virus" or "Microsoft Explorer virus" or "Microsoft Word macro virus
(reputedly the single largest source of viruses for years!)."
Or more briefly -- and accurately -- just call each one, "the latest
Let's ask the major media, below, for some *truth* in labeling -- giving
"credit" where credit really is due. Let's ask them to stop shooting the
messenger, and start naming the real origin -- the errors and dangers that
Microsoft has built into its products for *years*.
CBS: http://cbsnews.cbs.com/ and click on "Feedback" in the lefthand column
NBC: Nightly News, email to: nightly () nbc com
Fox: News Channel, email to: comments () foxnews com
Fox Digital: email to: comments () newsdigital com
NEW YORK TIMES: "Letters" Editor, email to: letters () nytimes com
WASHINGTON POST: email to: webnews () washpost com
and click on http://washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/opinion/letterstotheeditor/
LOS ANGELES TIMES: http://www.latimes.com/siteservices/talk_contacts.htm
WALL STREET JOURNAL: "Letters" Editor, email to: letter.editor () edit wsj com
--jim, Jim Warren; jwarren () well com
Contributing Editor & technology public-policy columnist, MicroTimes Magazine
Also GovAccess list-owner/editor; 345 Swett Rd, Woodside CA 94062
[self-inflating puff: Hugh Hefner First-Amendment Award, Playboy Foundation;
Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (in its first year);
James Madison Freedom-of-Information Award, Soc.of Prof.Journalists-Nor.Calif
founded InfoWorld; the Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conferences; etc etc etc.]