Broken Glass

There was so much dust and cobwebs on my dashboard when I logged in! Sorry blog friends. Although the blog world feels a lot emptier lately.. where have we all gone?

I admit to you, I have been feeling apathetic towards politics the past year or two. Powerless, mute, like nothing I did would ever amount to any positive change. It was just going from bad to worse with no hope of improvement. My vote was not for Liberal or for Labor, and either would win, so what’s the point? The left is right. And my left is “radical”.

Wikileaks means something though. Whether it will slip into the vacuum of forgotten topics of the internet or not I do not know. I’m hoping it had a lasting effect. But we’re so easily distracted by the next big thing. We have verified proof that our governments have been lying and deceiving us in the most abhorrent of manners and yet, it’s as if nothing was said. Where is the outrage?

For the first time in a long while I found myself engaging in debate with people. I trolled statuses, posted videos, wrote tongue in cheek commentaries to headline my news links. Something big is happening right now, something we can never go back from. We successfully shattered the mirrored glass they were hiding behind. We found the wizard behind the curtain. What has been seen cannot be unseen.

The question is, will we be held captive to our government masters or will we finally be granted our freedom (of information, speech, religion, to assemble, to privacy..) ?

What do you think?

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3 Responses to “Broken Glass”

  1. Andy Says:

    Personally, I get the feeling that WikiLeaks is going to struggle to survive as an entity past the short term.

    Its true longevity, though, will be as a concept. Assange has shown that it IS possible to bring to light some of the machinations that we are simply not allowed to access. He has achieved enough notoriety to ensure that even if he is discredited (and thus essentially silenced) he has forged a trail that people will follow.

    We’re going to almost get to an end-game for this type of secrecy. There is no question that a select group of people profit enormously from this information being kept from public eyes, and those people will have to react to the knowledge that their traditional channels are no longer private. We can hope that they will realise the error of their ways and forgo some of these profits, but more likely (human nature being what it is) is that they will try to clamp down even harder to protect their patches.

    If the latter comes to pass, this will not mean good things for us. At least not in the short term.

  2. LuLi Says:

    Sadly I think Wikileaks is destined to die too. But as long as we’re still able to publish whatever we like on the net there is the possibility that it can partially remain.
    I’m not sure our government can get away with enabling a China-like filter where every word we type is processed to find dissent.. I’m only hoping.
    I’d like to see some kind of global political action to preserve our rights!

  3. Andy Says:

    As embarrassing as it is to admit, Australia’s collective psyche is such that there is probably enough people willing to accept a filter.

    As western democracies go, though, we are definitely in the minority. There’s a lot about the American culture that I abhor, but to their credit they would never accept the government filtering the internet, and to even suggest such a thing would be political suicide. They resent government too much to allow it to happen, whereas we seem to be far more trusting.

    I suppose this is the advantage of having a globally dominant American culture. As long as US residents can access (and subsequently re-report it) the leaks, it will get to us, even if it does have a layer of interpretation and analysis attached.

    It will come down to someone working out how to keep their servers, infrastructure and funding streams completely off the grid. Assange’s real problem is that he hasn’t figured out where he can stay out of the reach of the establishment’s sphere of influence.

    Imagine what sort of mayhem would be caused if some small, impoverished country decides to base its economy on being an information haven, much like the Caymans based theirs on being a financial one. Sovereign protection would add a whole new layer to the Wikileaks phenomenon.

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