Media War

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Wikipedia, the greatest encyclopaedia in the world, has disallowed access from the Congress of the United States.
They have banned their IP addresses.

They have done this to stop senators from removing unfavoured information about themselves.

Marty Meehan, a republican senator is a shining example in this modern war against information, also called the “edit war”.

For six months he has used his staff and the Senate telephone lines (all public money) to rub out information, like the promise he made (not kept) to leave his post after 8 years and the expenditure for his electoral campaign higher that every other senator.

Wikipedia is not the truth, but it gets very close to it. And the nearer it gets the more it is attacked.

Today it is at 19th position in the world for the number of visits and it has 3,000,000 articles, and is 6 times bigger than the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Last week China barred access to Wikipedia for political reasons, the Finance Police (on the request of SKY) asked Italian providers to black out China to prevent the viewing of serie A football games on the Internet; Japan has prohibited its athletes from keeping their Blogs up to date during the period of the Olympics, so as not to cause damage to the Japanese media.

Censorship is the only tool remaining to this Palaeolithic economicpoliticalinformation.

They are reduced to a plodding group of intermediaries without added value. That intercept money, representation and truth.

But how long can they keep going on?

Right now they’re only left with lies and censorship.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 09:38 AM in | Comments (5)
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Wow thats way cool .. power to the people .. and China , dont get me started

Posted by: mynewsbot | February 4, 2006 04:38 AM

Mr. Grillo: You might like Marty Meehan. He's from a working-class background — he grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts, a troubled city that has been "post-industrial" since about 1890 — and has been a leader on issues of campaign finance and eliminating corporate money from American politics, a stance that requires some courage in this country. I used to live in his district, and assure you that he is very popular among a left-leaning constituency.

It is a little ridiculous that his staffers were editing his page, but I am not all that worried about it. The principal fact that was altered, as I read the record, was his term limit promise, made in the early 90s, under Clinton, when things seemed very different in the United States. The LAST thing that people on the left need today is for a secure and well-funded liberal Democrat incumbent in the Republican House of Representatives to step down because of some promise made a decade ago under very different circumstances. So, while I would prefer him to acknowledge this, and tell his supporters that the situation has changed, I am not too concerned.

Nick Valvo
San Francisco

Posted by: Nick Valvo | February 3, 2006 10:51 PM

@ cecile landman
I read your blog: a very interesting point of view. Our cultural background may be very different, but the love of freedom is everywehre the same!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | February 3, 2006 08:08 PM

One correction: Marty Meehan is not a Republican Senator, but rather a very liberal Democratic representative from Massachusetts (a state not known for its totalitarian impulses).

In autopreservazione, la destra e la sinistra sono uguali!

Posted by: Chip Gage | February 3, 2006 07:39 PM

italians are in one of the best positions to become experts in stories and analysis of dynamics on [national and international] censorship/s. why not start a specialised all-about-censorship-blog?

Posted by: cecile landman | February 3, 2006 11:46 AM

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