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?