Are Ant-Piracy bills like SOPA and ACTA necessary for the protection if intellectual property or violations of freedom of speech and expression?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bypassing Closed Doors: Blogs

     In Bloggers Evade Internet Censorship in Repressive Countries, Richard Seymour, author of the website Lenin's Tomb, argues that blogs are the way to see the people's true, uncensored opinions of their governments even when those governments have censored the Internet. First, he states that like Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto, which was smuggled into Russia and eventually helped spark the overthrow of the oppressive tsarist government, political blogs from these censored countries can inspire the people to demand more freedom. Also, Seymour defends the fact that the vast majority of bloggers speak the truth or what is really on their mind, which gives their real opinions about their governments. Additionally, he proves that blogs are the way people can see each others opinions and look at topics of debate without fear of being shown filtered content or propaganda. Finally, he asserts that governments will be unable to censor the Internet entirely because it will always evolve to enable free expression.

Seymour, Richard. "Bloggers Evade Internet Censorship in Repressive Countries." Middle East
388 (Apr. 2008): 62-63. Rpt. in Censorship. Ed. Byron L. Stay. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997. Opposing Viewpoints. Gale Power Search. Web. 16 Feb. 2012.


     Mr. Seymour is against Internet censoring. He defines his points clearly and effectively, and his evidence is logical and relative to his thesis. The article is very convincing. Personally, I agree with Mr. Seymour. Blogs are run by the people who have the opinions. There are no middle-men who can cut and change what they post. Also, the Internet is a global forum of opinions. No one, whether it be a single person or an entire government, will be able to cut it down or completely censor it. The Internet will always prevail over those who try to oppose it.

Question Change

I have changed the title and question of the blog to the topic of anti-piracy versus  freedom. After the protests from the Internet, SOPA and PIPA were stopped and sent back to be redesigned. They dropped out of any current news and there still hasn't been anything new about them. Broadening the topic will allow posts of more articles about the debate as well as posts about other bills and laws. Stay tuned for newer posts.