Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Self Pwnage Redux

China just blocked Twitter. As Kaiser Kuo said in an interview today:

"The whole Twitter community in China has been exploding with it," said Beijing-based technology commentator Kaiser Kuo.

"It's just part of life here. If anything surprises me, it's that it took them so long."


Here's Twitter's reaction:



As one Chinese Tweetnik put it:

其实,fuck 墙不重要。重要的事情有两件:1.告诉周围的人有GFW的存在。 2.传播翻墙工具,甚至开发翻墙工具。 化愤怒为智慧,才有力量。


Really, fuck the great fire wall isn't that important. There are two things which are important: 1. Telling everybody that the great fire wall exists. 2. Spreading knowledge about devices for getting around the great wall, even hastening development of devices for overcoming the great fire wall. Spend anger to gain knowledge, this is the only way to be effective


You can follow Twitter users protesting the block here.

2 comments:

Rhodo Zeb said...

Ah, I had no idea. I tried it for awhile, and then left it alone as well.

Just threw it into the g man ladder, and it works fine, signed in and everything. So its not even on super-secret block.

I am still trying to be optimistic, as I was before the Olympics. After its over, man, its going to get better.

But it didn't, that time, and I am wondering about this time.

I am thinking about writing a post about how all the incidents and just dumb stuff going on leads to a sense of crisis, which itself leads to massive, massive overkill, in a mundane or horrible way, as the case may be. Its a vicious cycle.

FOARP said...

"I am thinking about writing a post about how all the incidents and just dumb stuff going on leads to a sense of crisis, which itself leads to massive, massive overkill"

Exactly. Tightening up like this, when the actual chances of anything happening are no greater than they have been for the last five year just shows us the sense of panic there is at the heart of Chinese government over this subject. Of course, that is not surprising given how divided the Communists were at the time. The real 'self-pwnage' in this is the way the very measures taken to prevent anything occurring serve as a massive reminder of exactly what did happen.