Hypocrite lecteur,—mon semblable,—mon frère!
Amazon took away the WikiLeaks server. And now the mega retailer is swimming against a tide of peaceful protests launched from couches, basements, dorm rooms, retirement homes, kitchen tables, and cafes–not unlike the old traditional coffee houses–Bewleys of Dublin, Lloyds of London, across Europe and into the New World–as a few hundred/thousand people support freedom of speech on the internets.
Amazon is currently the target of a peaceful online protest, what one droll wag on CNN this morning called
pranksterism, a protest for the modern era
Delightful Everyone loves a peaceful protest. Until the party van comes. Or the banhammer gets dropped.
What is really pretty disgusting is that while Amazon has no shame in yanking down WikiLeaks, they are certainly happy to sell copies of the WikiLeaks documents expose US foreign policy conspiracies. All cables with tags from 1- 5000
Which has readers pretty much asking:
Can I pay for that with PayPal?
I wonder who, if anyone, owns the copyright on those? The American people, since our tax dollars paid for them? Amazon kindly insure that We the People of the United States get our penny per book, kthnx.
Also, there is no attempt to close Amazon for a bit in a “WikiLeaks protest” or “attack.” This is not being orchestrated by WL, or Julian Assange, who is currently in jail and hopefully being taken very good care of. As one pseudonymous protester, the cutely named Coldblood, told Reuters:
It’s very hard to get hold of anyone from WikiLeaks. The only (person) you could really get hold of was Julian, but unfortunately he’s not available at the moment.
This is a bunch of people acting anonymously of their own free will, deciding whether or not they want to DDoS Amazon, or wherever. Whoever feels like it, on whatever “target” they feel like. Or not.
I have [srs bsns]/ L8rz
Also, just to clarify, WikiLeaks is not gay plot despite the tin foiled ravings of Bryan Fischer, Director of Issues Analysis” for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association and Ann Coulter. David Taintor at TPM nicely breaks it down:
Fischer assumes that the alleged WikiLeaks source Private Bradley Manning was “at minimum” seriously confused about his sexuality. He then really stretches things when he suggests that Manning leaked the documents to wage war on the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
Regardless, he is a one-man argument for keeping open homosexuals from serving in the military in the first place. If the 1993 law – which flatly prohibits homosexuals from a place in the armed services – had been followed, there would be no PFC Bradley Manning and no WikiLeaks.Apparently Fischer isn’t the only one who feels this way. Ann Coulter also wrote last week that Manning’s supposed homosexuality is to blame for his alleged decision to leak the documents, calling him a “poster boy” for Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
And if you have been poking around, so to speak, on 4Chan, you may notice the word “fag” thrown around. A lot. That is British schoolboy slang, may the Captain rest in power. It kinda freaked me out at first, but then I recall reading Stalky & Company by Rudyard Kipling when I was 13 and being sort of taken aback by the use of fag, and having to process it. Honestly it still kinda weirds me out. But considering Anon has been a presence attending and as marchers in Pride Parades, and has a queer, queer side, I have to just take a really deep breath.
So as of now, Amazon is still up, and Twitter is calling the waaambulance, saying they’re not blocking a#wikileaks, hoping Anonymous will play nice (or maybe the social network is just stalling to set out some honey pots), and has explained to MSNBC why #wikileaks is not a Trending topic
Sometimes a topic doesn’t break into the Trends list because its popularity isn’t as widespread as people believe. And, sometimes, popular terms don’t make the Trends list because the velocity of conversation isn’t increasing quickly enough, relative to the baseline level of conversation happening on an average day; this is what happened with #wikileaks this week.