Archive for May 10th, 2011
I’ve been trying for two days to get access to this out of mainland China web service in order to write a blog post. Sometimes I get to write for a few minutes and then lose contact with the site as though a door has been shut. I can’t use a VPN during these moments as well. There appears to be a lot of tweaking and testing of the national firewall. When the blocks go in place I still have access to Chinese mainland sites which tells me it is all about firewalls. This photo is actually representative of the experience.
I see it as China on one side, and the Internet world outside of China on the other side of the bridge. The government agencies appear to be working at plugging the entrance to the rest of the Internet world at its end of the bridge.
I guess this isn’t much different that what we do as individuals in order to block out reality when we retreat within ourselves. It becomes a lot like “don’t turn on the lights, I don’t want to see.” There is a different message also underlying what is happening. In many places, warrantless Internet surveillance is becoming the norm as governments try to deal with terrorists threats. With the reality that most governments are fronts for vested corporate interests and an increasingly right-wing ideology, what freedoms are going to be allowed? The tools exist for governments to fully control the message and the message carriers – the bridges that link one person to another over distance and time.
I admit to feeling the weight and the darkness of the collective unconscious which has been let loose. It’s as though the collective unconscious has barricaded its end of the bridge which connects to consciousness so that its power goes unchecked.