So books, music, radio, magazines, you name it, have been subject to rules and regulations about what is and what is not allowed. In countries that have a rule of freedom of speech, there is a more sinister network of shared ownerships and pre-designed directions which are premeditated by joint companies that offer us only an illusion of choice. Independent and truly free publications are hard to find.
Then came the internet. All of a sudden everyone with a computer could have a voice and say what they wanted. Hyper sensitive countries censored their internet long ago, choosing to run networks that filter a lot of content. Again, in countries with freedom of speech laws in place, a more sinister method is employed to achieve the same result. Mother companies, ISPs and governments work together to allow traffic to be filtered according to ability to pay. filtering happens through use of bandwidth restrictions and sometimes a simple closed door. It can become increasingly difficult for people to have their voices heard and to also reach the information they want in this way. As more and more sites are forced into narrow bandwidths to make way for the internet giants to provide their high density networks, which they pay for, the internet can become very one sided. When it becomes difficult to find information that isn't controlled by the corporations and authorities, be become less free as individuals. It has been stated before that when we can be told what to see or read, then we are being told what to think.
How has this problem been resolved in the past? How have people had their messages heard despite the climate of censorship? Through art. Via the medium of stories, plays, poetry and pictures, artists have been able to charge people emotionally and enliven their passions in directions that a mainstream environment would not usually allow. Momentous books such as To Kill A Mocking Bird and 1984 have helped to enlighten millions of people to real life issues that are not able to be spoken about freely in many places.
So cherish your artists, and cherish your inner artist. Never mind what happens in the future to our freedoms, we will always have freedom of expression, and through that expression we can be heard.
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