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Re: <nettime> Google
Brian Holmes on Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:12:59 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> Google


John Young wrote:

> A point in Google's favor:
> 
> At 20:54 ET yesterday Google.CN lifted its ban on images of the
> Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

Ahem, that's a MAJOR point in Google's favor. Almost 
everyone surely realizes that any image of Tiananmen square 
massacre, or indeed, knowledge of the event, is restricted 
to people who use proxies - a large number, certainly, but a 
clear minority of the population judging by the sociological 
studies on exactly those images and that knowledge.

It seems that a global corporation is now doing battle with 
a an extremely powerful state on the terrain of information. 
A rare event. Or there is an extremely convoluted strategy 
that we cannot yet understand. One way or another, how 
fascinating!

best, Brian


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