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batman
4th June 2006, 04:50
If you appreciate freedom and democracy as much as I do I would suggest everyone to boycott Yahoo. There actions in China are as deplorable as the Chinese government. They will definitly see my business so elsewhere.

If you don't know what Yahoo has been doing, you can read these articles:

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/09/07/business/yahoo.php

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4221538.stm

Jeremy
4th June 2006, 06:23
to be fair, we'd also have to boycott Microsoft and Google who have done essentially the same thing as Yahoo in remaining consistent with Chinese law.

batman
4th June 2006, 08:15
Yes, you are right, although only Yahoo practices has led to prosecution.

Kalles
5th June 2006, 02:40
I'm definitely gonna stay away from Google as well:

http://www.gmail-is-too-creepy.com/

Just too much information control. :x

horriblyjollyjinx
5th June 2006, 10:58
I'm definitely gonna stay away from Google as well:

http://www.gmail-is-too-creepy.com/

Just too much information control. :x

lunatics

Denimdestroyedmylife
5th June 2006, 15:15
wake up! it's 1984.

Tobe
5th June 2006, 17:04
we also should boycott the internet, tv, all products of coca cola and pepsi, fast food restaurants and so on....
we're fuc*ed, I guess

Cyriel
6th June 2006, 09:29
Whilst enjoying my Coca Cola and a BigMac, I was just Googling and found out it was... 2006!

It's too late to be bugging these big guys now I guess...

Jeremy
6th June 2006, 09:59
Okay now it's just getting silly,

Batman raised a very important point in regards to the freedom of information that so many of us take for granted. The simple fact that a company founded in America and supposedly the leader of the free world would allow an authoritarian government access to private information which led to not just mere prosecution of individuals but also persecution of people even remotely affiliated with those charged is an insult to the very purpose of the internet.

Whilst i realise it's a little much to compare private enterprise to the actions of the nation state, how would you feel if an article or a comment you made about the ineffectiveness of your government were to be used against you in a court of law? Merely for the fact that you disagree with the actions of your government (another fabric of life we in the liberal democratic world take for granted).

Remember this is the Chinese judicial system we're talking about, you think courts and jails are shit where you are? Goto amnesty and see the information they have on Chinese prisons.

Edit: also it is never too late to bug anyone, corporations need to realise it's not only profitable for them to have social responsibility but that it should be fundamental in a way which corporatism functions.

Screwing over hard fought human rights for the sake of a dollar distains the lives we live.

Tobe
6th June 2006, 12:31
I was serious, actually

batman
6th June 2006, 18:05
Tobe> there are many good reasons to already stay away from the stuff you mentioned. Read the book called Fast Food Nation.....a very enriching book.

dave023
6th June 2006, 18:10
aaaah, I love it....changing the world from my lazy chair..... 8)

Tobe
6th June 2006, 18:21
Tobe> there are many good reasons to already stay away from the stuff you mentioned. Read the book called Fast Food Nation.....a very enriching book.
alright, thanks! I'll check it out!

Jeremy
8th June 2006, 15:50
Google admits they're evil

http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/we-were-evil-google-founder-admits/2006/06/07/1149359785303.html

batman
8th June 2006, 19:47
Yes, Google is no longer Google. They have grown into the type of business that they use to deplore. Google is the new Microsoft. Whether that is good or bad can be argued but they are no longer what they used to be and what they set out to be. Now they have to answer to stockholders just like any other big company. It sucks!