It's like the reverse incidents where students at some universities demand controversial speakers not be allowed to speak at their university as if censoring a speech is a victory.
Let people speak and if what they say is wrong then debate it to show what's wrong don't hide it or hide from it.
I wish to give a talk about how space aliens built the Brooklyn Bridge using telekinetic herring, and give the talk in your kitchen. If you neither grant permission nor tell me where you live then obviously you have something to hide and wish to censure my speech.
I think herring is a fish.
I would say the comic showed up in Washington, not the character.
(I would also say that the character is slowing vanishing, because it doesn't work as well when everybody is in on it. A lot of times it holds back his interviews, playing the idiot foil limits the questions he can ask.)
I most certainly want him to speak to RSA.
Imagine him speaking at PyCon closing. Why would he go there? It just makes the conference more like high school / college graduation where you invite someone interesting/outstanding to talk about what it means to be successful person. Do we need someone else to tell us how terrible X is doing? What public policy is bad? How to become a successful person in the industry? I mean come on... I reserve my conservatism here. If someone else needs to mock RSA / Python / Ruby whatnot, let someone else in the tech community do it?
Well, let's say you've got an extra 10 million dollars laying around after selling out your customers, you gotta use it on something...
Here's the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Colbert_at_the_2006_Wh...
If we only allow those who agree with us to speak to the choir, they'll be a series of different choirs never speaking to each other.
Don't be silly, RSA is not interested in honest dialog. Have you seen the press release? It's nice to be for virtue but play pretend virtue is not virtue.
I'm sure some of their 1300+ employees are interested in honest dialog.
In any case, what's your suggestion for improving the situation?
We've known that Microsoft has provided back doors for decades and privacy conscious geeks already boycott them but their software is still everywhere.
The NSA scandal in the eyes of the general public is just a joke. "Haha, the NSA knows everything. OK, now what's on TV tonight."
Geeks who care about privacy don't have the numbers to vote with their dollars.
What do you ask me that? It's a question best asked to RSA, they created the bad situation.
If he decides to do it, it will be awesome.