Monday, 14 April 2008

Google and free speech

South Africa Sucks isn't a blog for the faint-hearted. It’s goal is to encourage South African whites to leave that country as soon as possible, and to chronicle the catastrophic decline of that once great (if flawed) country. Moderate it is not. That they have castigated your humble Savant as a limp-wristed liberal pussy gives you some indication of its tone.

However, nobody could accuse it of being dull. A great, furious, roiling romp that will have even the most prissy peecee trying to suppress a laugh, it also brings a valued alternative insight into what’s really happening in SA. Written by highly articulate professionals, to me it exemplifies the value of the blog over the MSM. To the extent possible I have fact-checked its posting and I can tell you this: it provides an immeasurably more accurate picture of the country that anything you’ll get on the MSM.

In it’s short life-time it’s got hundreds of thousands of hits, from all over the world. And therein lay its problem. It was becoming an embarrassment to too many powerful people, not least the ruling junta in SA. Without warning, Google (who host Blogger) pulled the site. Just like that. Closed it down. So much for Google’s much-vaunted ‘do no evil’. As they showed when bowing to the Chinese, a more appropriate motto might be ‘do no evil – unless there’s money to be made’.

A lesson for all of us, namely, that the blogosphere is not as free as we might think.

Anyway, the good news. SAS is back in all its gory glory on this new URL. Try it out – you can always cover your eyes at the gory bits!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some people deliberatley target such sites by putting in fake comments of an extremeist nature. They then report these to Google and ask the site to be closed!

SAVANT said...

This is true. I always take care to keep out dodgy comments.

FredBarbarossa said...

Off topic... Here we have the PeeCee brigade attacking someone for being honest... Seems that George Orwell is once again proved correct.
http://au.news.yahoo.com/080415/11/16haj.html

SAVANT said...

Ahh... Brigitte. She inspired my youth, in all the wrong ways.

Happy Talk said...

I agree that WSAS is tough, truthful and funny. You show some real class and mettle of the finest kind by supporting them even when it wasn't wine and roses when you visited. Good luck and may sanity be restored before Ireland is irredeemably improved.

SAVANT said...

Thanks HT - im a big guy, I can take the blows!

snowy white said...

Message:
To:
Eric Schmidt, CEO GOOGLE
And To:
All the ANC SPIES
And To:
ALL THOSE STUPID WHITE LIBERALS
World Wide.

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from
Every WHITE South African

Tell Google what you think of them.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt


Google CEO
Eric Schmidt
Uses Yahoo Email Address
ericschmidt1@yahoo.com
http://www.ericschmidt.com/
http://www.ericschmidt.com/feedback.html

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