Postcards from the Bleeding Edge
Wednesday, February 22, 2006

  The price of doing business in China

Has anyone noticed that since the google.cn censorship story broke, Google's stock price has dropped from 436 to 365?

That's double plus ungood, Winston. Double Plus!
 
Monday, February 20, 2006

  Ministries of Truth, Unite!

I wasn't the first to leap on the yahoo/msn/google search engine censorship story, and was far from the last. Some 3800+ stories were in the news media about it all, with many a pithy quote from Congress, and various bloggers. My favorite comment on the whole debate was a silent one. The Chinese press's website, usually so prominent in on news.google.com's search results - has said not a peep.

How eloquent an undefense is that? How can you talk about the things you can't talk about?

John Battell puts one problem in a nutshell:

I've mellowed towards google's actions in recent days, in part because in publishing google.cn and google.com they allow everyone to see what's being censored. MSN and yahoo weren't doing even that, and AT&T and Cisco have been enabling the Great Firewall for years, so I'm even madder about that. Still, the thing that stings the most was the mission statement that google dropped down the memory hole: Is that the google everybody owns a piece of at 400 bucks a share?

I, at least, still believe in the fundamental democracy of the web. What changed in Cyberspace between Google's IPO and last month?

I imagine google's representatives are being flooded with keyword suppression requests by now from every two bit dictator and repressive regime, the NSA, the KGB, every righteous church group, left leaning wingnut, PETA, and gun toting georgia cracker - so many requests that they have to setup a hotline. But hey, why setup a hotline when you can outsource the work? I can imagine someone setting up a censorship service much like the ones that promise to get your url listed on the various search engines, except that this one promises to get your embarrasing facts out of them!I also imagine that after all America's political public posturings were over and done with, the search engine representatives got called into a meeting in some dark room of Congress and asked how they (the representatives) could get some more embarrassing truths wiped from the record... like the facts on various campaign promises?

Could Orwell have predicted that the Ministries of Truth would be privatized?

And meanwhile, the Patriot Act inches on towards renewal. Am I the only one tasting the irony of all this?

It looks like Winston, of 1984, has some burgeoning job prospects. Censorship is IN, man. I'm going to have to update my resume on how I use privoxy as my own personal censor! There's Tons O' money in suppressing information. Why didn't I realize it before? What a brave new world this is!

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Laughter is the only thing that keeps us separate from the animals, and me out of the clink.
 
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