Tuesday, June 14, 2005
China Thinks It Can Censor Blogs
I'm no raving capitalist pig.
And I'm no MSN-basher, either.
I consider myself neither conservative nor liberal, neither right nor left. No one is purely, totally con or lib anyway. Many variations in the so-called wings.
All such "directions" and distinctions, IMHO, merely divide people into opposing camps with stupid agendas. Strife, prejudice, and hatred thrive on these phony labels.
Very few on any "side" are sincere, honest, and truly seeking to help humanity. Once they obtain power, they act like idiots and compromise with virtually any enticing special interest.
Communists: Not So Radical After All
I launch more harsh attacks on corporate corruption and malfeasance than most "communists" and "labor relations reformers" have the stomach for.
My friend in Los Angeles tells me the Revolutionary Communist Party members and leaders Do Nothing to help the poor, feed the hungry, or nurse the sick...but they claim they'll "show up" if you stage a "protest". Pathetic worthless losers.
Global Competitive Forces
It's not easy being a Multi-National Globalist Corporation either.
To gain "market share" in big anti-capitalist countries, and to keep ahead of your ruthless competitors, you may be forced to compromise. It's a complex issue.
I, as a Corporate Reform Activist, have some degree of sympathy here.
I'm not going to harsh or trash the corporations on this one.
Blog Core Values Apply to China, Too
But I do know a tiny spot about Business Ethics and Opti-Mystic Principles of Justice.
China's repressive regime shall succumb in great shame and defeat to Bloggers United for Univeral Blog Core Values. Freedom Blogging will triumph. Watch.
Anyone who tries to suppress "words" and bully people into "politically correct", "religiously correct", "philosophically correct", or "socially correct" thinking--I'm your worst nightmare.
"[whatever] correct" thinking is defined by the group that pushes the alleged agenda, thus is of no value whatsoever.
The News Story Sweeping the Blogosphere
Here is how a national political force is forcing a corporation to accommodate its sick attitude toward thought policing:
From MSN Money Central
article on China blog censorship
Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal has banned the words "democracy" and "freedom" from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid offending Beijing's political censors.
Users of the joint-venture portal, formally launched last month, have been blocked from using a range of potentially sensitive words to label personal websites they create using its free online blog service, MSN Spaces.
Attempts to input words in Chinese such as "democracy" prompted an error message from the site: "This item contains forbidden speech. Please delete the forbidden speech from this item."
Other phrases banned included the Chinese for "demonstration", "democratic movement" and "Taiwan independence".
It was possible to enter such words within blogs created using MSN Spaces, but the move to block them from the more visible section of the site highlights the willingness of some foreign internet companies to tailor their services to avoid upseting China's Communist government.
Beijing has long sought to limit political debate on the internet and is in the throes of a campaign to force anybody who operates a website to register with the central government.
Copyright 2005 Financial Times
MicroSoft's position, and I agree with it to a large extent, is to accommodate the Chinese Mind Control Cult Government, just to let large portions of its repressed population start blogging.
Blogging, even with some language restrictions, is better than no blogging at all.
I also know how crafty innovators, artists, and bloggers can be.
There are subtle ways to imply "democracy", "Taiwan independence", "religious liberty", and "Tibet freedom" without using these exact words.
I hope MicroSoft becomes the sneaky liberator of the oppressed masses in China and other places.
By getting the people to blog, that in itself is totally subversive and vastly influential. Just speaking their mind about anything is better than passively soaking up "entertainment", sports events, political propaganda, and sermons from dubious sources.
I applaud MSN and I am not going to view them with the trendy cynicism popping up in the blogosphere here and there.
No money should not be more important than democracy, but there's more than one way to skin a cat.
There are many ways to subvert a repressive regime. Blogs are a wonderful tool of revolt.
Blog On to Victory!
Remember the Ukraine!
Blog on brothers and sisters!
Bloggers of the World Unite!
Amnesty International report on
China blog censorship blunder
Forbes.com article on China blog censors
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[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 6/14/2005 11:24:00 AM