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Mike Godwin feels your pain.

Eighteen years ago, I was the managing editor of The Daily Texan, and Mike Godwin was the editor of the University of Texas student daily. We did not get along well -- something having to do with me trying to lead a mutiny, and, oh, wasn't college full of wacky hijinks like that? Mike would go on to become the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, around the time he coughed up this gem:

"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

Which is so true. Today, I edit a blog -- and today, Mike Godwin is general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation , the goal of which is to bring "a free and accurate encyclopedia to every single person on the planet," fair enough. And today, Mike is the subject of a piece in The New York Times , in which Mike says you'd better get used to getting smeared on the Interwebs. C'mon -- it ain't that bad. It's ... fun, almost. And, yeah, it hurts. But, says Mike, "if democracy were comfortable, everybody would have it.” We'd get along swimmingly now. --Robert Wilonsky


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