Friday, January 02, 2015

Whack-A-Mole


Web censorship is such a drag. Information, like tech, wants to be free, something governments like China's (and ours to a far lesser extent) try, with varying levels of success, to muzzle as the flow of data coursing through the net is rapidly changing how the world conducts business whether governments, of any stripe, like it or not. Seen above is the network topology used by China's government to curtail the influx of data coming in from "nefarious" sites like Google, Facebook, Wikipedia and Blogger, among significant others, because of the inherent fear the government has about the power of unfettered access to information that could possibly compromise the absolute control the communist party has over the Chinese nation.



When looking at all of this, one gets the notion of Whack-A-Mole, the nonsensical game where one whacks one mole after another, never achieving true success given that additional moles randomly pop up at rates impossible to be completely neutralized in the allotted time required for one to ever win , thus forever defying the whacker of final victory, something akin to the issue of Gmail and the millions of Chinese who use it to communicate in and out of country.




Whack-A-Mole participant in action, 

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