China Googles Along Without You Tube

Millions may be afraid to anger the power of YouTube, but the Chinese government is making clear it will not be intimidated by any upstart organization which dares to challenge the 3,000 year old dynasty that is known as China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry made clear that YouTube will not be available for the inhabitants of its nation. According to a spokesperson Qin Gang, “many people have the false impression that the Chinese government fears the Internet. In fact, it is just the opposite.” So there, all you rabble rousers who present these weird ideas about freedom of speech and press! Of course, there are 300,000,000 people in China who daily access the Internet and sites like YouTube. Since early March, access to YouTube has ben spotty.

Since January, there has been a crackdown on the Internet. It may partly stem from fears the anniversary of the Tibetan conflict last year would be used by Internet sources to stir up anger against China. As always in fights with the force of Internet, there may be a temporary victory, but the power of communication will never be stifled.