In the USA, any little form of censorship we have seems to be considered oppression by those who are over zealous about the freedoms we have.
News puts on a story about parents getting angry about a teacher pushing their political or religious agenda? Oppression, let the teacher say whatever he wants they say. Person getting arrested for creating a rally disrupting business, families, and potentially stirring violence? Oppression, it’s our right to protest they say. Government sometimes harasses potential terrorists to protect the greater good; whom they have collected significant evidence to prove them guilty? Oppression, they aren’t guilty until they’ve committed the act, they say.
This isnt oppression in my opinion when I think about what other countries face. Back to the topic title, I used to think China prevents freedom by blocking websites like Facebook, and Google. I know one major issue is they are limiting information. Purposefully suppressing what the general population can learn. I used to think that was the only thing, but then I thought, what if its not all about that?
What if China is just trying to protect its’ own economic interests for their greater good? Lets say China had allowed Google, Facebook, Yahoo, SoundCloud, Twitter, and the others all these years. They wouldnt have all of their social media platforms like WeChat, or QQ. No Baidu, and no Youku. Maybe Alibaba wouldnt have formed. Ok maybe they would still have them but I think a huge amount of the users would have switched to American social networks and search engines. This would greatly impact their domestic and national production (just a guess here).
So maybe China isn’t just an oppressive country after all; looking to keep its citizens from educating themselves. Maybe they just need to do it to maintain economic strength in the face of powerful western influence. Maybe they are capitalist themselves without even realizing it. I mean, don’t American corporations and businesses also limit their employees internet access? I know there’s a major difference between a business organization of a few thousand employees, and an ancient, evolving civilization, but from an economic perspective, their goals can be linked.
After all, studies have shown that their students are pretty “book smart,” maintaining great test scores. I dont think you should take my word on that by the way, I think you should go Bing it.