Thursday, July 24, 2008

Power To The People

I found out something amusing--and a little scary--that I thought I'd share with you Mamas. Mama's Cup is actually blocked in China! Apparently, my little blog is too subversive to be viewed by the masses!

Now I know that there was no meeting held in Beijing to discuss The Problem of Mama's Cup. And I know that most blogs are filtered out of their system because blogs, by their very nature, embolden the voiceless and encourage freedom of expression, which kind of freaks out Beijing. I also know that I am not making any friends over there either.

Humor aside, the idea that a blog as innocuous as this one is restricted viewing for an entire nation is really kind of Orwellian. It's disturbing.

As the world whips itself into a lather of excitement over the approaching Olympics, I feel we cannot allow ourselves to forget where the games are happening, and upon whose broken backs the shiny new stadiums were built.


"Consider the matter dispassionately...and you will see that no offense is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual-and, after all, what is an individual?"--Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Indeed.

3 comments:

Tyler said...

wow, a dissident in our midst. i just read an article in 'dwell' about an experiment in beijing to control the weather on behalf of the games. fascinating and disturbing at once. thank you for your thoughtful post, for the reminder of the power of one and for the importance of finding a voice.

Mrs.French said...

you took my breath away my controversial friend...thank you for the moment of awareness.

Meaghan said...

I know, I can be a bit of a rable rouser. But that doesn't mean I'm no fun at a party!