So Much For Democracy
So, the US has opened up a dramatic new front against WikiLeaks, killing its web address just days after Amazon pulled the site from its servers following political pressure.
Censorship has had a long and fascinating history, from the Ministry of Information in WW2 hiding the truth about the war to the social panics created by the Thatcher government in the 80s. In August of this year ‘A Serbian Film’ was banned in London and subjected to 11 minutes of cuts.
Largely though, if there’s one thing in common with all censorship cases, it’s that leaks will break dams. And in the modern world where communication is currency, it’s interesting to note that the censors still don’t learn the lessons of the past.
To read about some great British deceptions, try Nicholas Rankin’s wonderful book ‘Churchill’s Wizards: The British Genius For Deception’. Do you know where the word ‘Bumf’ comes from? When planes dropped wartime propaganda leaflets on Germany, it was the sound that the paper bundles made when they opened. Bomph. No, I didn’t either.