Sunday, May 09, 2010

Thailand censors more websites as protests persist

Thailand censors more websites as protests persist
By Grant Peck And Thanyarat Doksone, Associated Press Writers – Sat May 8, 4:20 am ET

"The government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is fighting a battle on at least two major fronts against protesters seeking its ouster. On the streets, a massive force of soldiers and police has only managed to battle them to a standstill. In cyberspace, the authorities have fared little better, despite efforts to block dissenting voices with the threat of lengthy prison terms."

This is for all you people out there who think that the News media is a pawn of the government. Anytime you feel that you're living in a repressive society in the US just take a look at what is happening in other places on this planet.
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2 comments:

  1. Not that I am condoning this, because I am cognisant of the human cost of fervent solidarity, but it is important to recognise how the internet is imbedded in post-modernity, while Asian tradition takes great care to save face and preserve community cohesion. In this way it is a detriment to many cultural values imbedded in everything from politics to family inheritance norms. I'm not trying to place higher value on post-modernity OR tradition, but there has to be a way to marry the two ideals; to allow change to happen in a way that upholds tradition and has a outcome that is less bloody.

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  2. This kind of dilemma isn't limited to the Asian cultures. These same issues confront Western cultures, too. The difference, as I see it, is in the perspective each culture brings. As you mention, there is a strong drive to "save face" in the Eastern world. In the west it's more about saving your butt. Allot of it can be seen when you compare the shame culture of Asia with the guilt culture of the West.

    As for how to reconcile tradition with progress, I am also at a loss for a solution.

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