Saturday, November 27, 2004
What do blogs mean?
I was reading the New Scientist which had an article in it about China and the web. Blogging is something I really take for granted but for a lot of people in China it is the only way they can express their views. In the article the Chinese government was compared to Orwells 1984 and said that most use the internet as their way of getting at real news. The government has tried to suppress this by closing down internet cafes, putting up a large firewall and putting in surveillance devices on remaining internet cafes. Many blogging companies have started up in China to allow people to express their opinions but if the company grows to big it is closed down and there have been some arrests.
The point is it is hard to imagine that something I take for granted or could easily live without could mean so much to many people. I have to admit that I know very little about China. When I studied history it was concentrated in the west (this is something that should be looked at in the British education system). I knew that China was a communist state but other than that I know very little.