The Internet is Banned to Millions
It would seem social media is just another form of democracy. The human race was controlled for centuries by governing who was allowed to read and what they were allowed to read. It’s an old tactic to control slaves. The Egyptian Pharisees used it, the Romans used it as well as the Sumerians. The Sumerian tale is most likely the Christian story of Adam and Eve. The tree of life(the book of knowledge) was the ability to read. The Southern slave owners of the U.S. used it in the 18th century especially near the end of their regimen to prevent slaves learning of the rebellions taking place on the sugarcane plantations of the Dominican Republic.
The New York Time reported on December 28th that the Chinese government issued new regulations requiring internet users to provide their real names to service providers. “authorities periodically detain and even jail Internet users for politically sensitive comments”
according to the report. China Toughens Its Restrictions on Use of the Internet – NYTimes.com.
On December 31, 2012 CNET reports that Pakistan lifted a three month ban on YouTube, for three minutes. According to the story the ban was lifted anywhere from three minutes to three hours.
“The quick about-face appears to be the result of poor coordination inside Pakistan’s government. Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced on Twitter that the unblocking of YouTube was imminent. However, after the ban was lifted, government officials soon learned that “Innocence of Muslims” was still hosted on YouTube”
The internet, called “a class one society phone system” by Dr.Michio Kaku in reference to our society verses a Star Trek society (a class three society) may have been correct, however it is also access to the worlds online libraries and newspapers and an immediate form of global communication. The world knows whats happening in your city as long as you have access. Denial of access not only controls what you know but what you can say.
It’s an amazing place in our spot on the time line of earth. To watch dictatorship driven countries battle the internet. Where we have the luxury of The World of War Craft, Celebrity baby bump bikini photo’s and the battle for a functioning map app, the rest of the world just wants to watch YouTube where Gangnam Style has broke the billion views mark. I believe I have learned more from the internet in the last decade, I have every NASA website book marked, than my entire public education, yet I still watch Ed Bassmaster, Jenna Marbles, Epic Mealtime or a Carly Rae Jepsen video whenever I want.
What a wonderful place to live, Rev James Jones