This blog documents my LIS 753 MLIS Graduate course at Dominican University.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blog Post #5: Commenting on "Blogs and The Need For Freedom"

In reading Heidi S's post, Why don't we just hand over our freedom to think independently while we are at it!, I've decided to add my two cents...

I'd like to start by commenting on Heidi's point, that "the passing of DOPA in the House of Representatives...[has lead to the notion that] instead of educating and teaching proper use of social networking sites, the government's answer is to shut it down completely."

Is restriction to information-access becoming a world wide phenomenon? I believe so.

I say so, for instance, because I can think of two countries whose governments are strongly attempting to take away certain interenet-related socializingly democratic freedoms from their citizens: that of the U.S. and India.

In India, the governement has decided to ban certain blogs/websites, through certain ISP providers, from user-accessiblity. The following post mentions how the "blogspot" domain is banned because of a directive given by the Indian government: Blogspot Banned…What’s Next?

And, in the U.S., the government passes a directive, with DOPA, that is not far-reaching from the above-scenario that occurred in India. For, by passing DOPA, "... the U.S government may very well succeed at imposing limitations on...[U.S. citizens'] access to information and online sharing communities."

So, what's going to happen next?

I can't be the only one that is begin to wonder the following questions:

Is a democracy really a "democracy"?
Is there really such a thing as "freedom"?
And, if "democracy" and "freedom" can truly be reached, just where may they exist?


Blogger Heidi said...

Christopher, I truely agree with you that these limitations on our freedom are not what democracy is all about. I do think that currently there is a "ruling by fear" motive within our country and our govewrnment in light of all the terrible things happening lately. Though it is wrong to have these freedoms taken away, I feel that the American public is so riddled with fear that they will hand over their freedoms easily just for the peace of mind that they are being protected. Of course this is a false sense of security, but they feel that the government knows best in times like these. The power is still with the people, but the people have offered it up to the government and it is up to us, the people to get it back...OK, enough of my political yammering!

8:42 AM

Blogger anniemac34 said...

Education has to be the way to go here. I have been talking a lot with parents lately, who have banned blogging and social networking in their homes (NOT Democracies) because of what they have read or heard. It is the coward's way out. We need to monitor, and pay attention to what is going on. Take the bad with the good. A little education for the kids will go a long way. What's more--be a PARENT.

5:56 AM


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