April 26, 2012

Ai Weiwei: China's censorship can never defeat the internet Wise words, indeed. Soon, maybe they can be applied to the USA , as well ;) China's censorship can never defeat the internet | Ai Weiwei | Comment is free | The Guardian Censorship is saying: “I’m the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.” But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word – even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper. When I was young I became rebellious. My hair got longer and, right before I was about to cut it, my parents said: “Cut your hair: it’s too long”. So then I thought I would keep it for a while, and it became very long. A whole generation of young people are like that now – different from the values of their parents, who just wanted to survive and make money. China may seem quite successful in its controls, but it has only raised the water level. It’s like building a dam: it thinks there is more water so it will build it higher. But every drop of water is still in there. It doesn’t understand how to let the pressure out. It builds up a way to maintain control and push the problem to the next generation. Videos: http://www.gerdtube.com Twitter: @gleonhard Related articles "When Fred Wilson, a prominent New York venture capitalist who has backed Twitter and Zynga, wanted..." (futureof.biz) Video interview with Green Futurist Gerd Leonhard, review of... (greenfuturist.com) Video interview, review of my talk at Digital London: from Ego to Eco (Futurist Gerd Leonhard) (mediafuturist.com) Data is the new oil - and 'publicy' is the new default (thefuturesagency.com)

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