Essay about Internet Censorship in Egypt

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As recent events have shown, The Internet has played a vital role in various social movements across the Middle East. Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming the new soapboxes for people to stand upon and speak their mind. As with all opinions though, there are people who disagree with them, and want to discuss the opposing side or stop them altogether. A corrupt government or other leaders in power can try to use Censorship to stop an opinion from being heard. This is the case of a recent situation in Egypt where the Internet was turned off for two months. While the Egyptian government thought that turning off the internet would stop protests about its political policy, it only fueled the fire after which the government …show more content…
He states, “They assume censorship operates in terms of removal and replacement; that is, the censor demands cuts from the text and the author or an editor seeks to circumvent the censor. Censorship is implicitly defined as a strictly repressive activity opposed to the practice of censoring.” Post then gives a more nuanced definition, upon which an anthropological definition is created. To summarize, he defines censorship in terms of displacement and dispersal. This definition categorizes between soft forms of censorship like critical censure and hard forms of censorship such as imprisonment. He then states “a dispersal and displacement model unsettles a tradition al hierarchy of a repressive punishments (as it) shows no one form of delegitimation has priority over others. Cultural capital may count more than economic capital (and) displacement yokes paradoxically, the terms that the traditional model wishes to oppose: repression and diversity; production and consumption; censoring and uncensoring; and public and private.” With this definition we can see that the changes made to the cultural capital verses the economic capital are more important when analyzing the consequences of censorship. This is the anthropological definition to which the analysis of censorship instances will be compared.
The percentage of internet users in Egypt ranks similar to its neighbors. In 2009 the internet penetration rate (regular users) was 24%,

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