Saturday, February 25, 2012

Gaddafi explains the Internet to us



I know that this is old news, but I just came across Gadaffi's poetic description of the Internet last year. Worth a revisit if you're a despot or simply feeling a bit overwhelmed by lolcats:

This Internet, which any demented person, any drunk can get drunk and write in, do you believe it? The Internet is like a vacuum cleaner, it can suck anything. Any useless person; any liar; any drunkard; anyone under the influence; anyone high on drugs; can talk on the Internet, and you read what he writes and you believe it. This is talk which is for free. Shall we become the victims of "Facebook" and "Kleenex" and "YouTube"! Shall we become victims to tools they created so that they can laugh at our moods? We decide our destiny, based on facts and our needs. Besides, this is not the era of blood, of smoke, of burning, of knives and axes; this is the era of the people, and supposedly the era of democracy. Everything is by election and referendum, ie, through the people's direct authority, which is the people's direct democracy, and not through rumours, and Facebook, and YouTube, and the Kleenex and the cables of American Ambassadors. This world wide web Internet is laughing at us and damaging our countries; it is tearing up our clothes; and killing our children for it.

1 comment:

Dror K said...

Gaddafi was a dictator, not a fool. Winston Churchill offered a similar view, yet cleverer and more subtle, saying that the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the potential voter. (Churchill also said that democracy is the best of all bad alternatives...)