[Air-L] ISOC Statement on Egypt’s Internet shutdown

Mathieu ONeil mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au
Mon Jan 31 09:06:10 PST 2011


Um, since no-one else brought him up: this guy E. Morozow sees what he calls the "Internet Freedom Agenda" as a kind of failed tool of the US government so in that sense the Western mass media would just be acting as the cheerleader.
cheers
Mathieu

ps. See for example:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/02/freedomgov?page=full
And earlier:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/04/26/think_again_the_internet?page=full

----- Original Message -----
From: joana ro <joanaro at googlemail.com>
Date: Monday, January 31, 2011 5:44 pm
Subject: Re: [Air-L] ISOC Statement on Egypt’s Internet shutdown
To: "Edward M. Corrado" <ecorrado at ecorrado.us>
Cc: air-l at listserv.aoir.org

> I wonder why Western media have overemphaiszed SM's role. What 
> good does
> that do them?
> 
> Does it simply make the story more accessible for its viewers, 
> give us
> something in common? Obviously, it also fits nicely into a story of
> emancipation through media/technology - which would be favorable 
> for other
> media.
> 
> Or is this a subtle way of suggesting that the West and its 
> emancipatorytechnologies are somehow responsible for what is 
> happening?
> Best,
> Johanna
> 




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