The Information Dilemma

Interesting post by Richard Fernandez (aka Wretchard the Cat) regarding the problem increasingly sophisticated information technologies present to repressive regimes and existing media empires. Nothing particularly new for anyone who has taken the time to think about it, but interesting nonetheless.

Yes, Aziz, that Richard Fernandez.

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  • Dean Esmay

    We are in the odd position that increasingly sophisticated technologies are a threat to totalitarian regimes… while decaying democracy at home is increasingly imperiled by same as efforts to censor the public good to protect “women and children” (isn’t everyone a little tired of those two said together like they’re the same thing by the way?) and to otherwise control access to the biggest social media networking sites.

    Interesting times.

  • Dishman

    …. I see bits and glimpses of two waves… ripples on the surface…

    … but the water is deep. Very deep.

    Interesting times, indeed.

  • Aziz Poonawalla

    oh yeah the Belmost guy. Was a much more intellectual version of den Beste. Have I tangled with or ranted about him here at DW? Not sure why I merited a call-out.

    Read his post, and found it suffers from same brod brush thinking as most neocon/prowar antiquarian thinking from 2004. Erdrogan as a tyrant and despot? silliness and nonsense.

    if anything the analogy of Turkey is better made to the Tea Party (in a positive sense, not a negative one).

  • John Eddy


    The shout-out to you was just my acknowledgment of your well-stated issues with the particular author, nothing more. Any perceived snarkiness was unintentional. You know I think you’re brilliant and you are a voice I don’t often agree with but ALWAYS listen to.