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An AP Literary analysis of the recent internet censorship going on and how it relates to the themes in the novel Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
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Google vs. China: Round II - IEEE Spectrum

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Enough is Enough: Tells China to quit interfering with Gmail...

 

The ongoing feud between Google and China is something that has been acknowledged for some time now and continues to both intrigue and garner support from individuals all around the United States. A few years ago, Google's somewhat tense relationship with one of the largest countries in the world was brought under fire when there was a cyber attack on the gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. This, coupled by China's increasing demands to add to the censorship on Google's popular search engine, forced the company to take action.

This is not unlike the way the protagonist Montag of the literary novel Farenheit 451, became aware of the severe censorship that his job as a fireman was causing and how limited many peoples' intelligence was as a result. Montag is Google, always having a vague feeling of something being wrong, but never fully understanding the pressures to crack down on an already harsh system was brought into play. They did the only thing that seemed logical given the circumstances; they rebelled. Montag grabbed every book he could find and tried to educate the world around him, which ultimately cast him out of society to live out life, essentially, as an intelligent hobo. Google was not much different, threatening to pull out of China unless they backed away from censorship and stopped the cyber attacks. The only real difference between the two is their backing- Google is much more powerful in our world than Montag is in his.

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Google vs. China: Round II - IEEE Spectrum

Google vs. China: Round II - IEEE Spectrum | Stop Censoring the Internet! | Scoop.it
Enough is Enough: Tells China to quit interfering with Gmail...

 

The ongoing feud between Google and China is something that has been acknowledged for some time now and continues to both intrigue and garner support from individuals all around the United States. A few years ago, Google's somewhat tense relationship with one of the largest countries in the world was brought under fire when there was a cyber attack on the gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. This, coupled by China's increasing demands to add to the censorship on Google's popular search engine, forced the company to take action.

 

This is not unlike the way the protagonist Montag of the literary novel Farenheit 451, became aware of the severe censorship that his job as a fireman was causing and how limited many peoples' intelligence was as a result. Montag is Google, always having a vague feeling of something being wrong, but never fully understanding the pressures to crack down on an already harsh system was brought into play. They did the only thing that seemed logical given the circumstances; they rebelled. Montag grabbed every book he could find and tried to educate the world around him, which ultimately cast him out of society to live out life, essentially, as an intelligent hobo. Google was not much different, threatening to pull out of China unless they backed away from censorship and stopped the cyber attacks. The only real difference between the two is their backing- Google is much more powerful in our world than Montag is in his.

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Online Anti-Piracy Bills Threaten Internet Core Values

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Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act Called 'Internet Censorship'...

 

Seeing as this takes place in the United States, this topic is bound to cause more outrage from Americans seeing as it directly affects their everyday life if the SOPA Bill is put into effect. It has more coverage than Turkey's internet restrictions or China's extreme censorship of the internet, especially because the United States has ridiculed the latter for such restrictions. The bill is intended to stop internet piracy and violations of copyright laws that tends to plague the digital world. Yet it's far too harsh, and is likely to be abused by big time companies to keep any copyrighted content off of the internet save for their own franchise sites, which would severely cripple creative sites like deviantart, youtube, and wetpaint.

 

This bill and its companion, the IPA act, in a way, reflects the supposed necessity of the firehouses that frequented the novel Farenheit 451. Firehouses were redistributed a purpose to burn books rather than save houses as people needed more books burned for their 'offensive material' rather than put out the fires that burned their houses, as houses in this world were now fire-proof. The same goes for the bill, as its whole purpose is to prevent people from abusing copyrighted material. What it does, however, is make both 'solutions' counter-productive. A lack of books quell the discontent about the materials within their pages, yes, but as a result the populace diminished their intellect to that of a rotten vegetable. SOPA would have prevented piracy and infringement, but it would have stunted the creativity of social sharing sites like those listed above. By blocking those creative juices, it is likely that censorship could have the same result as the book burning presented in Farenheit 451, which would pose a major issue to the productivity of the human race as a whole.

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