What Would the Internet Look Like If Trolling Were Illegal?

Imagine an Internet on which haters didn't hate. Where there were no mean commenters, no stories that hurt people's pretty little feelings. Everyone would virtually hug at the end of a day, congratulate themselves for a job well done, even if that job was essentially just PR, and we'd probably all drink a lot less. The Daily Mail would cease to exist. Bloggers would become extinct. It would be so boring that those of us who hadn't died of boredom would die of sitting.

This is the sort of life we might hope for under Arizona's House Bill 2549, recently passed by the state legislature in an attempt to make the world a better place and prevent against things like bullying. The bill is now awaiting approval from Governor Jan Brewer. This is not, apparently, an April Fool's joke.

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