Updated: 11/24/2005; 11:28:20 PM.

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daily link  Tuesday, September 16, 2003


Bikinis in Saudi Arabia: info-anarchy as cultural imperialism: "Information anarchy is just the latest variant of West Coast libertarianism, defending 'free speech' at all costs, refusing controls over the net because it goes against the US model of freedom, and unable to allow that government can be a force for good. I didn't like that model when it came out of Wired magazine in the early 1990s, or the Open Source zealots later in the decade. I won't accept it from the p2p advocates now.

Siva says that "this issue is not about bikinis in Saudi Arabia", but of course it is. It is about the ability of a government to assert appropriate authority over online activity, whether it is in breach of copyright law or against public standards of morality. Pushing for information anarchy is just another way of endorsing US cultural imperialism, with its stress on US values and free trade. When cultural floodgates are opened -- and abandoning any possibility of regulating the net in favour of p2p-induced anarchy would open them -- then US culture comes to dominate. Look at the film industry or the games market. Siva, though he would deny it, is promoting the interests of the US government he claims to distrust, because he has not realised that the values that underpin file sharing and Napster are those of the unrestrained free market.."

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