January 8, 2013
Chinese Citizens Being Restricted From Their Internet Freedom?
I’m spit balling because for a very long time, my brain has been trained to spot when we’re given crap disguised with words like “New” and “Safe.” Language is crucial for the entire population to agree with the passing and advancement of any law or device. This is true across all forms of entertainment and media: MTV, U.S. Government, the gaming industry, and so on.
In these times, advancement is difficult because of a devastated world economy and failing faith in world leaders to bring stability.
Through the ashes of fallen developing companies and angry nations, we must always remember that our freedom to speak and hold an opinion is our greatest right. The power of an opinion is much stronger than most would like to think: An opinion combined with millions of people creates a very powerful voice.
China will undoubtedly be feeling that weight very soon with its government’s decision to pass a new law that requires people to sign up with and use their real names for Internet and phone services. This sounds awfully similar to American society and our online and phone services, so why the big commotion? It’s because China is still under the influence of a Communist government. Largely rooted in this is the fear that China’s population could rebel against their leadership.
That kind of behavior from citizens points to sketchy actions by their government.
Communism isn’t as evil as you might think, though it often involves corrupt leaders. The great bulk of it involves an entirely different economic system than our own. Jobs are decided for you by way of assignment by the government. They monitor your activities from the time you are a child and decide where you go when you graduate high school. This system is very much different from Russia of 1960-1990, where your occupation was determined by a test.
You may also know that Russia’s Communist regime fell a few decades ago. The reason for the failing of communism as a government system for them was rooted in the fact that supply and demand backfired. Making too many cars and market value goods for people who were in surplus of them for over sixty years began to show its negative side.
So why is it such a big deal for China?
The answer can be found in the problems that China has experienced in recent history with freedom of speech. It goes without saying that the country isn’t in the best of places at this current time. You may remember the fear of Communism for Americans back in the 60’s.
People called it the Red Scare, as it was popularly coined during the Cold War. Among the fears of the Soviet Union beating the U.S. in developmental areas such as weapons technology and the Space Race. Americans were also quite afraid of our own government being subverted by Communists.
I don’t believe that it will be long before we see radical behavior from Chinese citizens, clashing with brute force from Chinese military action. I’m not one to instigate conflict, no matter how many times I reference “Revolutions.” The system of Internet records isn’t new to Americans, but for China this could be another method to censor public opinions. What this also means is that stronger regulations on Internet use could point to more online based jobs, which could point to China moving to a more Internet based economy.
There’s a positive and a negative to be seen here, and only time will tell if this new law will be a positive at all.
My money’s on the negative, but let me know what you think!
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