Wednesday, June 3, 2009

(Kinda) Blocked!

It's no surprise that Web sites get blocked here, but this must be the most extensive one that I've seen with a certain 20th anniversary coming up. Blogger/Blogspots, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Hotmail, and Windows Live (seem strange?) have been reported blocked by domestic servers. (There are ways to get around it though.) It's not only Web sites either. BBC and CNN broadcasts have been suddently blacked out. Newspapers have been shredded or not delivered if they have a special section on the event.

With 20 years gone by, it seems like the majority of those in their 20s don't really understand the significance of the day. It's a combination of what they've been taught (or not taught, I should say) and the overall economic success of the country. There's a sense of contentment among those who have gone to universities and now live a more Chinese middle class lifestyle. In general, those in the working class just look to get by. No need to create any problems or think outside the box.

With this said, there's still enough here and out there to create concern for 'them,' and the coverage continues around the world...Here are some links:

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/chinas-great-firewall-blocks-twitter/?hp

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jun/02/twitter-china

2 comments:

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