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Hazlett on Internet's Role in Shifting Social Custom

The Internet continues to be the largest force for change in social customs, allowing people free exchange of information of the most personal nature, according to a Baltimore Sun article that includes comments by Professor Thomas Hazlett. The article asserts that "As cell phones, computers, and BlackBerrys blur the bounds between home and work, the line between work and home behaviors has also become murkier."

MANNERS? WHAT ARE THEY? BAD BEHAVIOR IS THE WAY TO FAME AND FORTUNE THESE DAYS, Baltimore Sun, November 26, 2006. By Andrew Ratner.

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"Political shots are often fired in this so-called culture war, but they rarely do any damage, even the rising fines the FCC imposes on networks and local stations for so-called indecency.

"'It is funny we're so focused on 1941 technology [television] when there's all this migration to the Internet. I think it's a losing battle to try and regulate it,' said Thomas W. Hazlett, a professor of law and economics at George Mason University and a former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission. 'People make [political] runs at this, but surrender's probably the word.'"

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