The internet has allowed a great deal of people in many countries many new ways to express themselves usually with impunity and anonymously.
Usually this has allowed people to discuss everything from baking cakes, sports, politics and the latest conspiracy theory about shape shifting inter-dimensional reptiloids.
On the whole I think this has been a healthy thing it allows many people from around the world to meet each other and make friends and promotes understanding of different cultures and ideas.
Another good thing it has allowed people to challenge the status quo in politics and big issues of the day such as global warming. This is healthy for democracies as it challenges the political entrenched elites and their lackeys in the MSM suddenly their grip on power is shown what it always was very tenuous indeed.
The flip side to all this is the dark side of the internet whereby extremist elements of all political persuasions and religions also get to express their point of view to try and recruit useful idiots to whatever insane agenda they are promoting.
Another dark side is the total anonymity allows people to reveal their true inner nature, this can be really ugly and downright disturbing at times. Showing that a lot of people have not really evolved very far from the apes that roamed the African Savannah’s millions of years ago. You find a lot of people have some serious mental health issues as well the worst of these are those that seem normal at first glance but are instead paranoid sociopaths or worse serial killers in training.
So where do we draw the line should everyone be allowed to freely express themselves even knowing full well a lot of people are not carrying a full hod of bricks. Do we have to allow this just so the rest of us can make our voices heard and great movements like the Tea Party to flourish and grow to challenge political orthodoxy in Washington.
It is noticeable that governments even in the so called free Western democracies are now attempting to stifle debate on the internet with new rules and regulations so they can never be challenged. Doing this I feel is dangerous because if the people have no way to freely express themselves and influence events eventually it leads to violence and attempts to overthrow the authority’s. I do not advocate this but I do see it as an outcome of trying to control people, even in the good old days of the USSR resistance to the authority’s existed and the USSR fell apart from it’s internal contradictions.
So I ask should the internet be censored? Should anonymity continue?
Should government control the internet in it’s own selfish interests?
Or should we continue as we are with the loonies in tow?