Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Blog Block

So the reason why I couldn’t access blogspot was not because of a bad connection but because blogs were being blocked. This is exactly the kind of aftermath I was afraid of. The Hindustan Times reports officials as asking, "We would like those people to come forward who access these (the 12) radical websites and please explain to us what are they missing from their lives in the absence of these sites." (link via Falstaff).

Now we’re supposed to live our lives according to what we can do without? Because, I suppose, we have to give some things up to be safe? And what happens once we’ve agreed to stay quiet though films are banned, though theatres give in to pressure and agree not to screen films? What happens to the plays we agree are to incendiary to watch, the books that we must not read just in case we’re contaminated by the ideas they present?

What do we get in exchange for our docility?

About the whole blogspot thing, others have said it better, so go read:

Neha Vishwanathan

Bloggers Against Censorship (this will lead you to a whole lot of other relevant pages)

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