I am a resident of Canada.
We have what is known as a Freedom of Information and Privacy Act. Should anyone request information from their own files, because of protection of information, most documents are heavily blacked out and there is little to nothing to read that we don’t already know.
What on earth is the purpose of information if one cannot read it?
What, indeed, is the purpose of any information if one is no longer allowed to think it? Or share it?
Imagine having such a lovely government job where you simply read and black out lines all day for a pretty penny and a tidy pension with the end result that there is virtually no information remaining on the page. Please sir(s), may I have one of those jobs?
A comedic example of what I mean (shared on Facebook by a friend of mine who is in the Masters Publishing Program at SFU):
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I say we vote for a whole new movement called Freedom of Information and Mind Thinking Act. If it is my file, shouldn’t “I” get to decide if I wish the information blacked out or not?
Why are service providers everywhere making decisions about who I am and how I want to be in the world, blacking me and my information out… without even asking me. Or in the case of social sites, sharing it without even asking me so that I have to set my privacy settings high and check them all the time to make sure they are not altered with every new update to the site.
Who is deciding what for whom? And why do we sit for it instead of standing for the right to think, the right to speak and the right to know anything directly related to us, while congressional conglomerates rule the order of the day.
Go IP Blackout Protestors, I am right beside, behind and with you all the way. Yes, yes, I know money makes all the decisions but money cannot keep a man in China who is banned from writing on the internet, from sharing his journey with us. I join his voice because his is one of purity that needs no public body censorship, he thinks for himself.
So do I.
If anyone bans our sites from speaking about certain topics, matters or issues, voicing our opinions, they will have their hands full policing it because I dare say there are many more of us who are not afraid to speak against the machine than there are simpering obedient cogs turning only out of fear. Fear of loss of money. Fear of loss of status. Fear of punishment. Fear, fear, fear. Well nobody stopped publishing thought-provoking books yet, in fact those works are a publishing house dream because controversy sells so well.
Whether they are in print online or other media, the stories exist, always have and will continue to exist. And so will we, written, spoken or otherwise, our voices will not fall silent just because someone says so. That’s how abuse and oppression are enabled. Personally, I have no interest in being party to either.
No fear here. Not shutting up and the more they censor the more, to borrow a phrase from my mother, the more I will catterwaul.
Freedom from fear = voices aloud. We always find a way. History is the best indicator of the future. Need I say more. Rather, say no more.