Why is every year 1984 lately?
Why does every political event or medical event, or even current event, spawn a dozen different conspiracy theories?
(I didn't write the following - it was at the end of the "kill switch" story.)
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It's extreme. It's cutting off the top form of communication. Why would you need to do this? There is no reason at all for it. Given the state of technology today for traffic shaping and filtering, there just isn't a reason. Well... Not a legitimate reason.
These are the kinds of things that governments do to suppress their civilian populations. It has happened before. It is happening today. And with this, it may very well happen in the "home of the free and the land of the brave".
It's not a conspiracy when it's right out in the open for everyone to see.
I used the 1984 metaphor because there are far too many things like this happening. Increased legislation that restricts basic freedoms, like the freedom to communicate, is becoming more and more common. It's a slippery slope, and we're teetering at the edge of a very steep slope.
In Australia they have Internet censoring legislation. It's not too dissimilar to what China has. Is this a good thing? Do you want to be fed "approved" information? I don't.
There are some very sick people out there, like the nut cases at Stormfront
, and while I vehemently disagree with them, I most certainly support their right to have their own beliefs and put up sites/garbage about those beliefs.
What other metaphor fits for when the state blocks communications for its population?
We have organizations that monitor these kinds of things to one degree or another -- an EFF article
(just the end part to see how they describe this kind of behavior):
EFF will continue to monitor these events. For some ideas on ways to speak freely without falling victim to authoritarian surveillance and censorship, and ways for the rest of us to help support the worldwide community, check out EFF's Surveillance Self Defense International.
I may be paranoid about some things. I don't think I'm stretching with the metaphor in this case. It's pretty obvious that it's just very far beyond reasonable.