Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought, and this purpose was indirectly assisted by cutting the choice of words down to a minimum.
--The Principles of Newspeak,"1984," by George Orwell
Media girl alerted us to the article Microsoft joins hands with Yahoo!, Google to censor China's web
BEIJING (AFP) - Users of Microsoft's new China-based Internet portal have been blocked from using the words "democracy", "freedom" and "human rights" in an apparent move by the US software giant to appease Beijing.
Other words that could not be used on Microsoft's free online blog service MSN Spaces include "Taiwan independence" and "demonstration".
Bloggers who enter such words or other politically charged or pornographic content are prompted with a message that reads: "This item should not contain forbidden speech such as profanity. Please enter a different word for this item".
Officials at Microsoft's Beijing offices refused to comment.
Certain words are under siege. Stop words such as "democracy," "freedom," and "human rights." By removing these offending words from the conversation, the gray men who run Red China, hope to manage the dialog.
Is this something out of Ayn Rand's "Anthem," or Orwell's "1984?" Alas, this isn't science fiction. The grinning Gates, who caved to anti-gay activist Christian fundamentalists and abandoned diversity policies (if only temporarily), now kowtows to the neo-Emperors who have left the Forbidden City for fancier digs. Certain words are out, and that's it! You want all the money China has? Then there is a price you will pay.
Do search engines have a price?
We run searches on the mighty corporate engines for which we seemingly pay nothing, yet we see how valuable Google, for example, is. The valuation is enormous
With share prices nearing the $300 mark and current market capitalization topping $80 billion, Google is considered the most valuable media company in the world, surpassing the $78 billion value of Time-Warner and rising far above Yahoo's estimated value of $56 billion.
Yes, lucky us. The Internet is free. We pay nothing . . . "and now a word from our sponsors."
Of course there's Darknet and the super-Internet that's being assembled in secret with blazing speed - but don't worry, "we won't charge much. We never do. Trust us."