- Nov 21, 2007
Rwanda was duped into having a genocide because the government propaganda machine, which was their sole source of information, told them the Tutsi was going to murder them all and take over the country. They had no way of knowing otherwise, because the only thing they had to go by were state-run media broadcasts. By the time anyone wised up, it was already far too late.Mazty said:Exactly. The "who" & "how" are very problematic questions, hence the reason I think the whole scheme is very naive with very little foresight, so much so it shouldn't go ahead.
Rwanda was duped into having a genocide...So yes, I do think that the people would need restricted internet access.
I'm actually more concerned about internal problems rather than international terrorism hence why I've mentioned Columbia and Rwanda.
Saying the internet is a tool for learning is just lying. It can be used for learning just as easily as it can be used to cause problems. Acting as if it is nothing more than an Encyclopaedia is just warping reality.
Misinformation and lies is the root of such tragedies, and are the tool dictators use to maintain a hold over their people. The internet can be used to spread such lies, but with no restriction on the content, it's like as Yahtzee put it, throwing a message in a bottle out into a sea of messages in bottles. The truth would drown it out.
Just look at China. There's a reason they filter what the people can, and cannot access on the internet. Because if anyone actually realized that their leaders weren't the all-knowing benevolent rulers they make themselves out to be, they might start to think a government by the people is a good idea.
Actually, it'd be kind of interesting to see how China would react if all you had to do to bypass the great firewall was point a satellite dish at a piece of sky.