Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Killing 'Democracy' in order to save it

No, not another rant about what goes on at Guantanamo Bay, though that would be a worthy topic.

Rather, it's about Microsoft, which is forbidding Chinese bloggers on MSN Spaces in China from using words like "Democracy," "Freedom," and "Taiwan Independence" in the titles of their blogs. The idea is to reduce the flags that appear to Beijing censors, and reduce the chances that the service will be banned entirely in China.

I like it -- it's reverse Orwell. You use double-speak not to silence freedom, but to ensure it.


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