Ever clicked on a link to see a video only to be told that it is not available in your country? It is damn annoying, isn’t it?
I made a video to show how I feel about it.
Luckily, there is (still) a way to bypass censorship. If you’re using Firefox browser, just install the Addons Stealthy and Proxtube.
They work like any other proxy, but you don’t have to bother with background knowledge or begin looking for a server list yourself – it is all automated. Just click the button – very convenient!
Now, from a businessmen perspective it might seem logical to pursue such a restrictive content access policy. I found a nice article that deals with that topic.
As a matter of fact, this stance is only hurting a business in the long run.
Think of all the clicks you won’t receive from certain areas in the world – the unfortunate ones that are blocked.
Think of how the customer feels when he/she is rejected this way, given no exact explanation of why he is blocked.
Just for living in the “wrong” country?
And think about the consequences to the long term customer loyality or whatever it is called. Less clicks mean less traffic, less traffic means less advertisment income, which hurts those businesstypes the most.
Than think about the small ventures, start ups, middle class business’ that can’t afford the fee’s for content rights most of the time. Their business will be a lot harder, while the big corporation’s business will be a lot easier with less competition.
John D. Rockefeller put it that way: “Competition is a sin.”
It is said that we live in the information age, yet they limit certain nations from access?
Why am I not allowed to listen to a song that was uploaded by the record company of the star itself, on their official youtube channel? Example for this would be Lady Gaga – not that I listen to her stuff – just checked her channel, and the videos are blocked in my country.
Now that is only entertainment stuff, nothing serious. I could live with that, though it would be annoying. The internet is international – without borders. It should stay that way.
The fun stops when censorship is political motivated.
The german government managed to block a video on youtube, where our financial minister Schäuble was talking about the role of the banks in the crisis, and how they were putting pressure on the goverment for bailouts.
This was highly controversial political + economical information that would have been crucial in the ongoing debate but people from Germany weren’t allowed to see that interview – they were blocked.
This shows the true intention behind censorship. Once lawfully legitimated, it WILL be abused. It happened before.
The reasons given to justify the laws always seem noble.
Battling against copyright infringing filesharers, evil childpornhoster and what so ever. But don’t let that reasons fool you.
Those new laws are not about copyright or protecting children – they are about censorship and control.
It is no coincidence that acts pop up all over the world in the same time.
The arguments are used for a reason. They want to emotionalize the debate, making valid arguments impossible. Infatuated, your brain ticks off the logic.
You can’t make an objective judgement anymore and will accept the dismantling of freedom in the process.
Because it is the lesser evil. Or so you’ve been told.
Acta, Pipa, Sopa, Elena, Indect – those laws will shift the world towards more orwellianism and less freedom.
It is not what most of the people want, but the wet dreams most of the so called neo-feudal “elites”.
And they let us pay for our own surveillance, like it is planned in Canada.
In the meantime, the NSA is building the biggest data center for spying on their own people in Utah.
Brave new world?
Oh well, I have been running off the topic which was censorship of the content mafia. But this topic is so deep and involves many social aspects it can’t be discussed without adressing those. Sorry for the “inconvenienche”.