The American Techniban

by Gordon Mohr

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Richard Forno coins a spectacular new word -- "Techniban" -- in his anti-CBDTPA essay, Hollings, Valenti, and the American Techniban.

By all means, read his article, even if just for such rhetorical flourishes as are evident in the "nut graf":

The American Techniban are led by Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings (D-SC) who serves as the duly-appointed Congressional mouthpiece and elected puppet of the entertainment industry cartels, having received nearly $300,000 in campaign funding from Hollywood since 1997. Known in some circles as the 'Senator From Disney,' Hollings also bears a striking resemblance to a younger Jack Valenti. (Valenti, for those unaware, is CEO of the movie industry's lobby group and the founder of America's Techniban movement.) Brainwashed by the Gospel of Valenti, the American Techniban's goal is simple. Under the guise of 'preserving America's intellectual capital' and supported by the funding of the entertainment industry cartels, they seek to sustain the entertainment industry's Industrial Age business model (and monopolies) in the modern Information Age - where such models are rendered obsolete by emerging technology.

However, here I'm more interested in the epidemiology of the "Techniban" neologism.

As of right now, 2002-03-26 11:45a PST, Google only knows of one instance of the word, in a completely different context on a French-language page. (I think it's an academic publisher's name, perhaps a typo.)

How many will Google find a day from now? A week? A month?

I suspect hundreds... not even counting those triggered by this attention!

How and where will you use "Techniban" in your daily life?