Archive for April, 2010

China’s Censors Tackle and Trip Over the Internet

April 8, 2010

It is interesting to see the extent to which the Chinese government is acting to censor the Internet. Freedom of speech in China is a fuzzy line. I am beginning to think it may be possible for them to corral the cats and succeed. I’m especially fascinated by the armies of people they employ to sway public opinion when dangerous ideas are unleashed on sites. After a few hours, opinion may have snowballed to the point that more serious (and forceful) methods are necessary to bring the situation under control. If China were a single person, I wonder what they would be like? Talented, ambitious, self-disciplined, insecure. Who amongst us does not censor ourselves in what we write? Maybe China is a bit like John Mackay, the CEO of whole foods, who wrote anonymously in favor of his company on a stock discussion site. And just like whole foods, we know from a recent NYT article that china eats more fruits and vegetables than any other country.

Battle Over Bailout

April 8, 2010

This article was amazing me to me because it shows the extent to which the federal government does NOT share all data that fits with generally accepted ideas about public domain. I can see not sharing information about CIA activities, but the details on much on monies that went to each of the banks? What’s the problem?

At Snopes, a Quest to Debunk Misinformation Online – NYTimes.com

April 6, 2010

Great article about founders of Snopes, who say “When you’re looking at truth versus gossip, truth doesn’t stand a chance.”  Kind of reminds me of a quote attributed to a famous author (guess who?), “A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  Snopes and their staff of about four put out about one post per day and their site gets 7-8 million visitors per month. 

At Snopes, a Quest to Debunk Misinformation Online – NYTimes.com

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