Happy holidays and have a kick-ass wonderful new year everyone. I’m super pumped up about 2011, and I hope you are too. 2010 was big in terms of news. (Which year isn’t?)
We’ve learned that George W. Bush doesn’t feel bad about waterboarding, but instead mourned the terrible, terrible moment when Kanye West pretty much implied that he’s a racist bitch. Boohoo, how mean of Kanye West to say that!
We’ve also learned that President Obama enjoys talking about his big audacious goals and getting everyone excited more than actually implementing them. Still, I prefer Obama, even though I have mixed feelings about how he, as Sandmonkey highlighted, has pretty much sold out on democracy promotion in favor of regional stability.
If anything though, this whole WikiLeaks affair has probably been the biggest and most mind boggling thing ever. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an issue that has confused Americans as much as this one.
Julian Assange is a terrorist! Assassinate that dog! Julian Assange is a hero! Yes, Michael Moore, help pay for his bail!
Jeez. In order to get down to the bottom of this topic, I think people need to answer one main question. Can WikiLeaks be categorized as a media entity in this new internet age we live? If your answer is yes, then we need to admit that we’re witnessing some potentially dangerous precedents.
Here’s the thing. What makes WikiLeaks different from other media entities around the world that have stances which annoy certain regimes?
For instance, what will prevent the Chinese or American governments from targeting and pressuring media organizations and people they hate by using tactics such as denying them access to financial services?
See what I mean? Do you see where this is going?
2011 is going to be a fun year for Internet Freedom.
Let the games begin!
Again, happy new year everyone!
Cheers, and talk to you next year!