posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 09:50 AM
we had this one coming, didn't we?
first of all this is nothing new. we shouldn't be surprised.
As Noam Chomsky explained in "Manufacturing Consent", the type of democracy we live in can't exist if the access to information and/or the creation
of certain types of information isn't controlled.
I remember being an "expert guest" in a tv-show over here in W-Europe, where the topic "sex and the media" was being discussed. That was in 1995
or 96 (my old brain can't remember). About that time mainstream media started to pay little attention to the web, bringing fear mongering bull#
stories about the dangers on the web.
My plea way back was to allow self-regulation to search for its own limits but at the same time I warned the audience that it wouldn't last... as
soon as enough "consumers" entered cyberspace, commercial interests would grow too important to leave regulation to the actors in the fields.
Closing down the net makes no sense, from an economical point of view (why do you think the Big Brands of the Web were at the Bilderberg meeting?) so
what is needed is to take away the margins that are left for those of us who think there are better things to do than to "like" our peers'
bullsh*t... researching stuff for example.
As this leaves the risk that - as the Big Assh*le Brezinsky recently stated - more people than ever before will wake up, in a political sense,
something has to be done about it.
For those, like me, who witnessed the advent of the web, there's but one thing to do: don't weep too much for the demise of the web, this is only a
Of course, PITA's like myself will continue, using stuff like Tor or the truly decentralized web to come. This however doesn't really bother them,
as they will have what they want: a sleeping mass of consumers. These consumers will never reach for tools like Tor, as they prefer to click on