“Man was born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
– Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
I feel lucky to be living in these times of free-speech internet. I can still read articles such as this one on the Sarkozy-centred European Super State and watch a video such as this, on the US presidential elections charade.
It’s pretty amazing that the web of control hasn’t spread yet to entirely cover the www. I heard, in a fairly innocuous discussion a few days ago, that the Chinese Olympics were being broadcast around the world with images from one single source. Is it just a matter of the technology catching up for the net to follow a similar policy? I’m certain it is and it ain’t gonna take that long. In the meantime, we are being prepared to accept it as being for our own good by bombarding us with excuses such as this.
The importance of the internet is phenomenal. The more I think about it, the more I realise how amazingly lucky we are to have this freedom in a time when, rare exceptions apart, there is no free media.
As Rousseau would’ve said: “Vive l’internet!“.