Sunday, February 24, 2008

«In the Name of Religion, I Block You»

Pakistan has blocked YouTube. It might be offensive to Islam. Read: it might be destructive to our brainwashing techniques.

The article states that if this keeps happening to websites, the people will stop using the Internet. I'd imagine that's what the Pakistan government would want, they would gain more control over what information their people are exposed to. Although this won't happen because people will discover the usefulness of proxies in bypassing bans such as this.

Counties such as China, Pakistan, Turkey, and Thailand are trying to hold on to the past. We're in the information age now, it's getting tougher and tougher for governments to restrict information. The Internet has changed us. It has changed the way we do things, how we live our lives and what we believe. And it will continue to do so. Those who don't embrace the change will be left behind, technologically as well as socially.


  1. Marf, Communism and Islam may appear similar in internet blocking on the surface, but there are some significant differences why. China is primarily interested in state control of information in general - your brain is property of the state, but you still have a responsibility to develop your brain.

    Islam tends to view entertainment and information in general as an evil, because if you are watching youtube, then you obviously aren't studying your Koran.

    This may seem like a distinction without a difference, but in the end China and Russia produce a lot of talented engineers (speaking from first hand experience), while Islam produces rather few.

  2. You brain is property of the state or property of your religion. Much the same. As you said, at least the state puts it to good use...

  3. Well, Isaac Newton's brain was property of religion too, per that pattern! Islam and Christianity approach the mind completely differently. In Islam, the brain is purely a repository for information. Christianity has mostly emphasized inquiry, although there are admittedly a few sects that have not done this.


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