Saturday, August 23, 2008

In China? No iTunes for you!

Seems that out of the 8 million tracks on iTunes, there's a Free Tibet album. Sounds pretty rockin': Alanis Morissette, Garbage, Moby, Suzanne Vega. It's called Songs for Tibet, and it's gotten iTunes banned in China.
If you like iTunes and you are one of the billion people residing in China, you may have noticed that you no longer have access to the eight million songs on it. An album, 'Songs for Tibet' was downloaded more than 40 times by Olympic athletes as a sign of solidarity for Tibet's cause. Ironically, this compilation had songs criticizing the 'Great Firewall of China,' and that is the very thing that prohibited these songs from reaching the Chinese public.
Much more at The Register.

They still think that they can keep the lid on the Internet, and they still don't think that this will hold them back. I guess time will tell, but Kevin Baker has a really interesting series of posts with Quotes on how central control combined with suppression of politically incorrect thinking destroyed the Soviet economy.

Via Slashdot, which has this comment offered to you in its entirety:

Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

1. WE are in control Muthafucker
2. 40 million dead and counting.
3. Don't make me re-educate you.
4. If 12 year olds are good enough for Mao, then they are good enough for the Gymnast team.
5. Pollution? What pollution?
6. One kid. It's the LAW.
7. Never too young for a job!
9. Never met a technology we couldn't steal.

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