We can add another item to the list of everyday, victimless, peaceful activities that shall soon become a crime: distracted walking. From the article:
After targeting drivers who paid more attention to their phone calls and text messages than the road, lawmakers in Arkansas and New York are now looking to crack down on pedestrians equally distracted by their own electronic gadgets.
The Arkansas decree aims to ban walkers from having headphones on, in both ears, while they are “parallel or adjacent to a street, road, intersection or highway.” However, runners and cyclists would have a tremendous freedom advantage because they would be allowed to have a headphone in one ear. Undoubtedly, proposals like this will go viral, as authoritarians from state-to-state like to “better” their totalitarian competitors. These laws would be great for the economy because they would create a new market for one-ear headphones! We might be best served with a federal law, with Ray LaHood as our Distraction Czar. And since you know how government likes to cover its tyranny in fluffy slogans (like “Click It or Ticket”), we can call the new federal campaign: “Snip Your Sennheisers.”