From jericho@netcom.com Mon Feb  5 15:54:32 1996
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 15:51:45 -0800 (PST)
From: Damien Sorder 
To: kusa@aol.com
Subject: re: news show today


It is 4:40 MST, Monday, Feb 5th.

Your news show today was very tacky, very misleading, and very insulting 
to me and many of my friends.

During your broadcast, you gave out a web site for a medical related site 
that tied in to one of your spots. Afterwards, your anchorwomen said 
something to the effect of "whatever that means". She and her partner 
then go on to a quick spot telling about online access and talk about 
America Online. You make the very very very wrong assumption that every 
clueless newbie to the net makes. America Online is NOT the net.

Your person goes on to say "A 28.8bps Modem is *required* to access the net, 
now don't worry if you don't know what that means, just know that you 
need one". You can access the web just fine with a 14.4.  Your mistaken 
assumption comes from America Online's less than standard service. AOL's 
web browser has been rated as worst on the net by more than 10 magazines 
in the past few years. AOL's own Web Supervisor refuses to use it because 
of its speed, and chooses to PAY for another net account with better web 
access. You also mention to watch your time, because time is money on the 
net. How is it I pay 17 bucks a month for UNLIMITED time? I never bother 
worrying about money because I go with a reasonable ISP instead of a 
corporate entity concerned with money.

Both of your anchor people talk about the net, yet both said on the news 
broadcast that neither owned a computer, and went on to joke about 
Baywatch, and viewing the images on Compuserve if one of them could. That 
childish insipid attitude is what lead to the CDA (Communications Decency 
Act). The CDA is robbing Americans of their 1st ammendment rights.

I suggest that before you talk about the internet, that you do a little 
research on what you are talking about. The fact that you use America 
Online to answer mail (Even if you have an Overhead Account), you are 
showing your lack of knowledge about the net as well as your desire to be 
censored. Yes, some of the very things you talk about on your news 
broadcast will get you kicked off AOL.

If you would like some suggestions on getting an ISP account, having your 
staff trained on the internet, or setting up better services, I would be 
glad to offer assistance. Anything done through mail (advice/suggestions) 
are of course free, and I would even be willing to give your staff a 1 
hour session on the internet for free, just to see your employees more 
educated.

Thank you.

Damien