The Changing Definition of Free Speech: Google and China

So I really don't care what Google's motives are, or how I can turn the whole situation into yet another cynical reflection on capitalism (unusually enough)....

Anyway, I think it's pretty awesome that Google's dropping the complacency with the Chinese government, even if yeah my email is noticeably slower now. It's about time that this old-style totalitarian regime was made aware of the fact that its censorship policies are not sustainable in the modern environment, and that they're fighting a battle they're going to lose--do they really think their computer programmers and other Internet enthusiasts won't make sure they find a way to keep using Google?

Of course, I'm not convinced that this means Google won't be Skynet someday (okay, they are doing a fantastic job of totally sucking at the realization that not everybody is ready for cloud computing, but at the same time this means they're ready for a future where computers are all linked with each other...allllll linked...).

Discuss: the tendency people have to use 'China' to mean the 'Chinese government,' as in the sentence "China is big on censorship."

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