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Cyberpunk Review » Pakistan calls jihad on YouTube… and fails life
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Comments

February 25, 2008

Hattori said:

Wow, they went as far as removing themselfs from the internet. Thats fucked up indeed.

Klaw said:

While censorship is wrong, it is within religious group’s rights (or in the case of religious nations) to block YouTube if they find it offensive. What we in the West are quite oblivious to is the assumption that all information all the time is good. We are in many ways innoculated against certain things such as porn and Goatse because we have been exposed to it and in many ways assume everyone can handle it… and they can’t.

While it is funny that a noob engineer redirected all YouTube traffic to themselves… I do think it’s important to understand we should not expect the whole world to behave as we do… and be exposed to the same things… especially frivolous vulgar video that although I enjoy and find amusing, isn’t for everyone.

Gigabyte Eschaton said:

Ok, this is reaching. I expect the Swiss banking fiasco and the judges involved to know better, but cmon, Pakistan?? Don’t expect a nation to be on the same page as us westerners when they have never shown themselves to be.

This is standard behaviour for a tribalistic theocracy. Wait for them to grow up and ground themselves on liberty, then we can harp on their abuses of human rights and their oppression when such are not the norm but the exception.

February 26, 2008

CorSaiR said:

i lol-ed on this one sooooo hard.

February 28, 2008

caprison said:

Nice article. If there was any doubt that Pakistan was messed up before let there be no doubt now. So if Youtube wanted to sue them what do you think they could get.. 324,456 goats??, 2000 pounds of opium poppies, a couple of fresh thermonuclear weapons?? I don’t know..

On a side note.. i heard PieNet is posting a new job opening for a network administrator. Requirements: being able to roll your tongue loudly and scream “death to the infidels”.

April 4, 2008

Soulmaster said:

Ones that discard the advantages of today, ones that do not take irreversible steps into tomorrow, are doomed to live in yesterday. And yesterday is where langoliers chew on the carcass of the existence.
Since Islam disregards technology, it’s a crossroads: either those people accept technology and Islam (traditional, at least) goes away, or the people become extinct and irrelevant.

I’ve heard of muslim asian/muslim african hackers involved in military espionage, so it figures.

December 23, 2008

Someone said:

To the poster and every one who thinks that these people are dumb and not him/her self..

Please see the Power of nightmares docmentary by adam curtis!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk1WkmioQvA

Thx!

Matt said:

Klaw: I have to respectfully disagree with your analysis, siting that they had to REDIRECT the traffic from Youtube to State preferred addresses. The fact that their servers could not handle the load of all the redirects proves the people of Pakistan clearly wish to view frivolous and vulgar videos (which I, too, find very amusing), perhaps even enjoy porn and laugh/cringe at a goatse, tubgirl or lemon party. The problem here is a government obsessed with controlling information to keep a people oppressed as opposed to the populace somehow being under exposed. This is dangerous on many fronts; not the least of which being that the secular world views the actions of political leaders, who commit these autrocities against individual liberty in the name of a ‘religion’ that may or may not even support the notion, as the essence of the religion itself where as it is more than likely the essence of the powerful trying to maintain said power. This leads to a form of “Atheist extremism” on one side of the table and fuels genuine religious extremism on the other. There is the pressing issue that we in America recognize that freedom of information is essential to the well being of a free people and the defense of individual liberty. It was by no random chance that the subject matters addressed in the First Amendment were addressed FIRST.

I could pontificate all day about the importance of a deregulated World Wide Web and the absolutely vital role it plays on the stage of modern communications and transmission of information. So, I’ll sum it up in saying that while I agree that we must not assume all cultures on Earth are going to want the same things and think the same way as Americans, we do (IMHO) have the obligation to not defend tyranny by writing it off as the misguided or plebian preferences of a nation who is “not ready for it yet”. The people can chose for themselves what they are and are not ready for.

Free the information Pakistan!

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