Give Me Commenting or Give Me Death!

18 Mar

Once again I rely on the BBC to fuel my rage. I’m not blaming them, I just have a newsfeed from the beeb on my browser.

Today’s rage is actually already five days old, but that doesn’t matter. With the passage of time, missed rage simply turns into a palmface.

In this instance however, it is still relevant so “GET ON WITH IT!”

Bahrain and Belarus named ‘enemies of the internet’

What exactly does that mean? Apparently countries that restrict access, filter content, and imprison bloggers qualify as enemies of the internet.

Here is the list of nations currently on the list:

  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

No surprises really, other than Turkmenistan, but that’s only cause I don’t think anybody knows anything about Turkmenistan.

However what is a little surprising is seeing the list of “Countries Under Surveillance” which includes:

  • Australia
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • France
  • India
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

Australia, France, India, and South Korea are a little surprising to see on the list, more so with Australia and S. Korea.

But what difference does it make? Is the Syrian government going to stop killing it’s only civilians because it made the online naughty list?

There’s no doubt that the internet and worldwide connectivity have created a world where everything can be known and shared with everyone else, but it’s largely irrelevant.

I don’t recall learning about Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher’s status update “Meeting my bro Wellington at Waterloo, txt me“. What about William Wallace’s tweet “Freeeeeeeeeedoommmmm!!!” And of course Nathan Hale’s renowned blog “but one life to give“.

Are the resident’s of North Korea really that disappointed that they can’t use foursquare.com? My way of thinking makes me tend to think that they are more concerned about the fact that they are starving rather than their ability to spread dissention across to the four corners of the world so that they can get some sorrowful documentary “Jong-Un 2012” or maybe George Clooney can protest on their behalf.

Why do the people of these countries need a free and unfiltered internet to fight for and earn their freedom? If human’s waited for the internet before doing anything we’d have never invented in the first place. You don’t need instant global-connectivity to organize a national revolution.

Let’s quit playing around and call this what it is. These countries are not “enemies of the internet”, they are enemies of freedom and this is not news to anyone who ever bothers to look. The real issue is not that they are enslaved to internet censors and monitors, it is that they live in nations and cultures that are corrupt at the core of everything they do.

If the people of these nations want freedom (and i’m not sure they do, but that’s a story for another time) they have to go out and earn it, in the fields and in the streets just like everyone else who’s ever been graced with a free society has.

They can have my wireless mouse when they pry it from my cold dead fingers, just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

As I’ve said before, Freedom is only earned, never given.

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