First, Library of Congress taps Silverlight to enhance access. Second, Republicans Kiss Google's Ass.... Spot a pattern?
The first is easy to understand, because we’ve seen it so many times before. I remember the relentless campaigns over the last decade, first to turn the Internet from a Navigator app into an Explorer app, and second to beat back the demons of Open Source. There were all sorts of incentives to adopt cool Web-site features that were IE-only, and the nicest imaginable Microsoft evangelists to explain the advantages, and fatherly business types to pooh-pooh objections from any of those scuzzy Open-Source commie hippies.
The formula goes: you find some organization, not all that clueful about technology, you dazzle ’em with shiny goodies, and you lock in another little piece of the Internet. Well, it’s sad that the Library of Congress doesn’t want any visitors who run Linux, or aren’t affluent enough to have upgraded to an Intel Mac. Sad, sad, sad.
Now, Google and the Republicans. That’s too complicated for me to figure out, but it smells rotten (granted that in 2008, everything in the neighborhood of the Republican party smells rotten). Anyhow, read Jeremy Zawodny’s take, linked above. I’d forgotten that when the time is right, he can be one of your really superior flamers. And the time does seem right.