Saturday, January 24, 2009

Australians all let us rejoice, for we are protected by our paternalistic government from seeing complicated things on the interwebs

This week it was easy to shake one's head sadly at those poor Chinese people who have suffered the indignity of the whole world knowing that their internet feeds censored Barack Obama's inauguration speech. In a double-whammy they got fucked by their own government and they missed a few good lines. Poor bastards. But then that's what you get for living in a politically shit country, like Australia China.

Of course Australia is a pretty cool and democratic place where if someone proposed that kind of thing it would be laughed at by me the rude people and heavily debated and considered and then rejected by all the polite &/ thinking people. Not just implemented. Not our style.

Aussies like to think of ourselves as easy going and fairdinkum enough to not really need the pain-in-the-arse paperwork. We as a nation are happy to sign up for things that sound like good ideas (with all the best intentions,) but we don't necessarily turn them into anything specific here at home. Our constitution reads like a random chunk of tax law. I guess that's what happens when you're set up by bureaucrats rather than Enlightenment idealists, but I digress.

Australia isn't the kind of place to freak out over, say, art or worry too much about people taking responsibility for their own lives, no way mate! So when our government says that blocking nasty things is for our own good, they probably really know what they're doing. We should just stay relaxed and comfortable, and let them take care of it.

After all, it'll be completely painless. You won't even know there's anything missing!


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