Big Brother Is Watching

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Conspiracy theorists unite! The word on the Jordanian blog-o-sphere is one of concern and outrage towards those in government who would try to censor what is written in online publications. The biggest concern is the rumored development of a new, self-censorship plug-in for popular blogging software such as Wordpress, Live Journal and Blogger. Allegedly this plug-in will be released by Jordan's E-Government to "help Jordanian bloggers not to cross the ambiguous red line, easily and smoothly."

Did I miss something? Jordan has an E-Government? Government offices still write everything out on paper (in triplicate)—complete with circa-1956 stamps and numerous signatures—and yet we have an E-Government. Perhaps the E-Government should be working towards modernizing Jordan's technological infrastructure rather than being overly concerned about citizen watchdogs.

Nevertheless, it's so thoughtful of the government to want to "help" bloggers by keeping us from saying anything negative about...anything. We're one big shiny, happy country. Nothing to see here. Move along.


Anonymous bakkouz said...

I don't know if this decision is going to pass, I surely do hope not, even though they're saying they're only going to monitor online newspapers, but even so, that would just be the beginning of the end :|

9/25/2007 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Nizar said...

True, Jordan has a lot more important things to take care of than censoring blogs :s

9/25/2007 3:24 PM  
Anonymous O.J. said...

Jordan's progress in a nutshell: One step forward, six steps back...

9/25/2007 6:50 PM  
Blogger MommaBean said...

Moving along, not looking, really... (okay so I'm peeking through my hands to see if they decide this post was over the line :).)

9/26/2007 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Bilal said...

"Government offices still write everything out on paper (in triplicate)"

LOL. Dave, you are hilarious. I like you already!

10/01/2007 12:39 PM  

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