WOW contradiction extraordinaire! The State Department hails the internet and the techno-dissidents in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Ethiopia, et al. But in the case of B. Manning, accused of embarrassing “security breaking” in the wikileaks affair, the party line is to shut up dissent and anyone straying from the hypocritical morass of U.S. politics. Will the evolving new political reality built on instant transparent citizen communication be bent to American homogeny?
And in A Flowering of Meaning, April 7, 2011 we read:
After 9/11 and during the Iraq War, the US government accused Al Jazeera of broadcasting propaganda and allegedly targeted its journalists. On the day Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced the launching of Telesur, US Congress approved a program to send radio and television broadcasts into Venezuela in order to counter the station’s supposed “anti-Americanism.”
In China Calls Out US Government on Internet Freedom by Ron Miller, it’s pointed out that the Guardian the hypocrisy of American rhetoric on internet freedom. This of course, is not at all helped by the fact that no one in the room has a complete definition of what “internet freedom” is. Perhaps (at least in the US) wind up as many a family read, what was found on the coffee table, in the 1950’s. TV Guide was often all that was read in the entire household. Time, Life, Look in more upscale living rooms.
So what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander? Contradictions like these erode credibility of the U.S. Nation-State in the eyes of connected global citizens, everywhere.
Likewise, internet freedom will likely be a commodity available in different grades. The wealthier and better educated can use encryption or hire services that make it almost impossible to penetrate or eavesdrop. Lower levels will be utterly transparent by authorities. Once in a while a great leveler like wikileaks will come along and affect us all, but I think the trend will be preserve the truth of the old saying about human rights,
All men are created equal, but some are more equal than others – George Orwell in Animal Farm 1940
Russell Imrie is a sometimes content producer, webmaster and an American Indian self-styled social critic now living in the Washington DC area. 1.My earlier blog on evolving social networking and its political power 2. on the blogging phenomenon and classic [print] journalism. This is to say nothing about social networking. I tweet at tweedyBard. Copyright Forever by Russell Imrie