Friday, June 19, 2009

Chinese Democracy

Chinese Democracy is the name of the brand spanking new Guns n' Roses album that took like 13 years to make. It is also the name of this post. I named it after the album because I have always thought that was the coolest name on the planet, and I was seriously pissed when they hogged it for 13 years while they go their shit together and made their album. I also named this post after the album because it's about China. More specifically about how apparently China has something against Big Dave and Company.
Yeah, that's true. I just found out about that just now. I was reading an article from the BBC about China and their Internet firewall that they have put up. Literally, they have required that all sorts of companies that ship computers to China, and that means just about every company because, quite frankly, why wouldn't you want a piece of the Chinese computer market, to put a piece of specific firewall software from a specific Chinese software maker on their machines. That's fine. I am not going to go into the moral or ethical ramifications of that mandate, that's not my bag. And this is not the time or the place. Among the different sites that have been banned though, is blogspot, which for those of you who don't know is what all the free sites hosted by Blogger ends with. And Big Dave and Company is hosted by Blogger. So by extension, ipso facto, China has basically banned me from the over one billion people living there.
I don't understand why. I mean, I know that I would have to sift through 425 or so posts to be sure, but I don't know that I have really ever said anything bad about China or the Chinese. I mean, I am not railing against them or the way they do things. I like their food. And I am not talking about the Americanized version of their food that you find at every Chinese buffet around here, I am talking about the real version of what they eat in China, cooked by people from China to be just like they eat in China. I am no good with chopsticks but I still thought it was great. I am fascinated by the remote areas of Western China, which I know I shouldn't bring up because they are very politically sensitive areas of the country, but that's not why I am into them. I just think that they are about as exotic as a place can be when compared with where I live. So why do the leaders of the People's Republic of China have to dog me like that?
I guess I can understand the logic behind it. The Internet is a tricky thing to attempt to control, and a lot of the anti-Chinese sentiment on the web would be in the form of blogs, with people all around the world railing against the powers that be. So I understand why the powers that be would want that banned. Sure. Fine. But have they ever considered that maybe there were a bunch of pro-China blogs floating around out there. Like, maybe there were a bunch of Chinese expatriates yearning for the homeland pecking away at their keyboards? Did they ever stop to consider that business? I bet not. This is just like Civil War era medicine. See if you can follow me here, it's like they have hacked off a leg just to treat a bullet wound. Instead of going in and weeding out the bad parts, the infected and wounded parts, they have just cut off the blogosphere limb, taking off the good with the bad.
But whatever. I am over it. If that's how you want to be, China, then be that way. No skin off my back. They can still read what I have to say in Norway. They can still read what I have to say in Botswana. Fiji. Canada. Probably not North Korea. But just about everywhere else, and that is all that I need. The other five billion people in the world will keep me warm at night, even if China doesn't want to be part of that party. so go ahead and get your block on, China, you don't even know what you are missing. And neither do all the people using the Internet there, because they have ALL found ways to get around your firewall and see what they want to see anyway. How do you feel about that?

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