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Blogs just want to be free 

Today, Kate at Itisi got a bit of inspiration from an earlier post of mine, and wrote something particularly poignant on her blog:

People should be allowed to use the , the growing number of calls for restrictions and regulation are, on the whole, being made by who have much to gain from making the web less free. Whether it is a wanting to pull the wool over the eyes of [its] citizens, or a religious group crying ‘but think of the children’ or a company who wish to keep their on top, all have a vested interest in what you and I are allowed to see.

   She is right. Some groups have everything to lose if things were and . Found at Trevor Cook’s Corporate Engagement blog last week was a post linking to a New York Times article on .
   The article details the displeasure many companies in the US have because their interns and employees decide to blog. Rather than seeing the funny side, which is what I expected, the clamped down on one intern.
   The flip side is that the silenced is the folk hero of the early 21st century. A few who were silenced have gone on to do greater things. I think of my acquaintances, such as , who was fired from due to photographs on her blog. The New York Times cites several others, notably Jessica Cutler, whose Washingtonienne blog is now a novel:

But it is the success stories that can embolden a determined blogger. Ms. Kreth was able to create her own public relations business out of the fallout. Because of his blog, Mr. Shannon was asked to be on a television pilot. For Mr. McDonald, the Comedy Central intern, it was the call of literary agents.

   They are only celebrities because they tap in to something we all have inside. One is the desire for . The second is that they have managed to go up against bigger organizations and came out as survivors at the other end.
   Sure, these blogs are not as noble as those that come out from countries where the blogger is literally under threat of imprisonment or death—those people are truly —but they show how the internet is in a struggle to be free. Many blogs fight the control of government and corporations, expressing something that is a part of being .
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