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Blogging can be a Dangerous Sport

I came across this story from the Malaysian Star, the country’s major newspaper. It’s the kind of bubble-gum reporting I would expect from a pseudo-democracy/dicatorship.

It reminded the Bloke of the time when he lived abroad and was hired as a journalist for the Star. One day sitting in the lunch room I asked the boss how he was able to deal with all the censorship.

His face suddenly turned ashen grey as he looked nervously to his left and right. He turned his gaze towards me with an intensity in his face and wide staring eyes. Cautiously he whispered “you can’t talk like that here“.

Needless to say I was served with my walking papers shortly thereafter and told that I’m “too dangerous“. True story.

The fact is blogging (as with any ‘freedom’ of expression) is a dangerous sport in the third-world. It is articles like this that tell the real story and the Bloke salutes his fellow bloggers with the kahunas to speak their mind. After all, that is what blogging is really all about.

When I read about Microsoft, Google and Yahoo assuming the missionary position and backing down to the Chinese it really gets my knickers in a knot. I don’t care if the Chinese have the world’s largest (and exploitable) work force left in the world. For once they should forget about the $$$ bottom line and make a stand for human rights. If the Chinese want to connect with the rest of us tell them it’s all or nothing, or they can just shove it and pull the plug.

“Never in the history of mankind since the invention of the printing press has so much been given to so many” (© BB). It is all about empowerment and it’s our collective responsibility to keep it that way. That is what makes the blogosphere so intriguing and worth protecting.

Blog on!

Written June 20th, 2005 by | 10 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips

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  1. Right on! If we don’t look after the blogspohere who will?

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  2. I agree, it can be extremely addictive :)
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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 10:20 am said...

    Addictive and dangerous

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  3. Depends how much you give away and who sees it.

    I mean if you mention your nailing the shop assistant down the road and your wife reads, I’d say it was definatly hazadous

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke at 3:10 pm said...

    Can’t disagree with that one. But didn’t you just let the cat out of the bag ;-)

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  4. This is funniy… :)

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  5. The word dangerous really means something in my country, some people get arrested because they spoke their mind on the net.

    It’s really disgusting.

    Thanks for the post

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 6:43 pm said...

    @Andriy, you have my deepest respect and support.

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  6. In Russia, we can say what we think only on the internet (not TV, radio or newspapers). But if the website or blog is in the .ru domain-zone, it can be closed against the will of the owner. Sorry for my english.

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  7. @Andriy, you have my deepest respect and support. http://bit.ly/clVcdF

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