Great Firewall of China 2.0

It never fails to amuse me when I check my comments and find foblish spam- the one asking me to join a prostitution site was a real gem.

Anyways, I was talking to my dear, esteemed friend Robert last night, and he bugged me about not updating my blog. “Why don’t you have an Asia 3.0 or North Korea lulz post yet, hmmmm?” Well, coincidentally enough, here you go!

China’s internet po po were at it again– apparently the majority of Google’s services were blocked in China, including Gmail, Gtalk, Google Apps, Google Books, Google Images, and of course, Google.com, too. It seems like this is the latest in a string of the blocking-happy measures, not including the mass blockage of pretty much all social media and search engines (like Bing) near the Tiananmen anniversary.

But really, Google? C’mon China, we all know no one should touch Google, since it’s going to take over the world and all in the near future. Okay, jokes aside, what does China really aim to achieve with all this Great Firewalling? I assume the main purpose is to keep all the Liberal Capitalist Rubbish (yes, capitalized and all) out of the minds and sight of young, revolutionary-able Chinese netizens, but history has taught us that the 300 million strong band of netizens will always find a way to either circumvent the GFW with the ease of VPNs, or at least manage to unleash frustration and “WTF?!”s onto various unblocked BBS. Or mass post to Twitter with the oh-so-affectionate #fuckgfw hashtags.

Additionally, the international media always makes a big fuss and throws a couple of a frowns in China’s direction when things like this happen. Granted, I know China’s sitting across the Pacific laughing at us fools in this recession, so our approval hardly has the same impact as in the past (not that I’m saying America- or any other country- should have a deciding say in anything that goes in with China in a flamboyantly cowboy diplomacy way; but that’s a discussions for some other time). Still, this is remarkably attention grabbing in a way that China probablyyy doesn’t want.

Some services have been unblocked, but the damage is still done. What next, China? I’m waiting for the day they block MSN/Windows Live services- that’s when all hell will break loose on the net.

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