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huaqiao Post time: 2018-8-8 15:08
I believe in control to a certain extent. An absolute free internet will be filled with lies, fa ...
killing everyone else or stealing and robbing at will. That is what the internet is like without a certain control. The virtual world should be treated the same as the real world
Agreed, but my commentary on this topic is not limited to virtual world, but both virtual and real. Opinions are just opinions, and should be allowed as such in both virtual and real world. I don't criticize China for blocking critical opinions on internet, but overall.
Naturally the restrictions in virtual world affect more people, because internet empowers more people with the potential to participate in both good and bad.
You make quite a jump by going from opinions (and freedom to such) to stealing and murdering.
The western view is often, that freedoms to opinions is what reduces people's need or possibility to commit theft and murders. Violence economic, political, and physical, is usually associated with countries where those aspirations cannot be freely expressed. China is no stranger to either corruption or graft, nor to silencing political dissidents with means that do not exclude physical.
until the lie becomes the "truth". This can be done subtly without the public realising it. How do you think this can be prevented? With more freedom or with a certain amount of control like in the real world?
Control is fine, as long as it is just control, and not serving some entity to manipulate the public just like Pavlov's dog served Pavlov. Again all real world examples show that the more a state practises such control, the more likely it is also to manipulate the public toward some ideology or other goal.
You asked how to prevent that - I think that allowing competing opinions to be freely expressed is the only start. Monopoly on expression of opinions certainly does no good to that end.