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WikiLeaks

Is anybody else following what's been happening?

It's like forum drama on a global scale, redefining the question of how much information it's good to expose, in a world where technology has made it feasible to distribute damning data en masse. Instead of the case-by-case question of how much can be released, the power dynamics are becoming redefined as a case-by-case question of how to stand out in a clamoring crowd. It links back to the problems plaguing first-time authors in the publishing field and questions of mass media control of public opinion.

Here's one article (Yahoo News via London) but there are many many more.

Edit: Another, New York Times

Where is the United Nations?

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liedownlovely
Dec. 3rd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
We've been following it. Not sure how we feel about it - pretty torn about whether or not it's good or bad.
ksol1460
Dec. 3rd, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
The diplomats and others forgot the first rule of junior high: If you don't want it read, never write it down. And if you do write something, be sure your name isn't attached to it. Use code or something. All these things coming out are unsurprising. Anyone who's ever watched The West Wing knows that governments always have secret deals behind closed doors.

Normally we are in favor of everything coming out but aren't sure if this should have been. It is petty, but it is the kind of thing They will use as an excuse to shut down free discourse on the internet.

What we are really interested in is the references to UFOs. It's probably just "Ambassador Petrie still believes in UFOs" or something, but we still want to see it.
pyraxis
Dec. 4th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
That is a very good point. I hadn't thought of looking for information about UFO's.

Normally we are in favor of everything coming out but aren't sure if this should have been. It is petty, but it is the kind of thing They will use as an excuse to shut down free discourse on the internet.

Yeah, I'm quite interested in your position on that one.
tigerweave
Dec. 4th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, we are. That is a good definition - forum drama on a mass scale!

Interesting points about the correlation with the publishing field. I did wonder why they released so many all at once, but then maybe we would be totally bored with it if they came out once a day or week or whatever.

Not sure how I feel about it all up either!
pyraxis
Dec. 9th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Now they're really calling it the first global cyber war. It's fascinating to watch it follow similar patterns to the local cyber skirmishes we've been involved in since 2005.

I don't know anything about Rudd (or Gillard) but I was happy to see him stand up for his own. Also, the UN is finally declaring a position.

They actually didn't release a huge number compared to what they have. (I believe it's 3000 of 200,000?)
tigerweave
Dec. 10th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Wow, that is unreal. Getting bigger even than what they were saying on the news last night. I am glad the UN has made a declaration.

Mum said last night "who would have thought world war three would be an internet war?" Lol, she was only half-joking. I tell you what the stopping of ways to get them money makes me more inclined rather than less inclined to donate to Wikileaks.

It is totally fascinating, isn't it? It is getting bigger than Ben Hur.
jamezilla1
Dec. 8th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
I guess people in political power shouldn't do/say stupid and condemning stuff.

I didn't mean to take so long in replying to your question about my book, I still am hammering away at some of it... by way of beginning an answer ... how familiar are you with Genesis of the monotheistic bibles?
pyraxis
Dec. 9th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I am a little familiar; I know the classic stories in Christian Catholic and Anglican contexts.

No worries about taking time. The holiday season is always busy.
jamezilla1
Dec. 10th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Well, in CH 4 we go planet made, peoples 1 & 2 made, kicked out of Eden, persons 3 & 4 come about and the first murder... busy week. Then person 3 gets kicked "out of the Lord's presence" and he goes to live in the land of Nod, finds a wife, and has a baby all before ch. 5. *Head spins around* "huh?" just a minute ago there were 4 people on the planet and now there's a wife, where'd she come from? Nod, are there more people there or just the one female?
Well, I've constructed a Nod; a civilization with thousands of people and a 200 year history before Eden, THEN as if by supernature, Eden appears and from there we will assume that both lineages are true, creationism AND the History that predates it.
Well, Why not?
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