Amazon.com has done something incredible, unbelievably stupid, unethical, in violation of the spirit of human privacy, freedom and the right to freely access information, and has shown itself to be about as boorishly unctuous not to mention fascistically dangerous as a company can be.
That’s saying a lot in the age of Halliburton and Enron. We live in a time of glorified thievery, a time of high decadence and lack of spiritual integrity to rival our worst nightmares of the middle-ages, which we know little about but of which we have frightful imaginings like thugs roaming the streets with clubs, kinda like the American army roaming the streets of Iraq.
Amazon has an electronic ebook reader called Kindle. You can use it to download and carry books around in digital format, which means you can carry a library in your pocket. Pretty cool. Amazon brags that, “Kindle’s screen is as sharp and natural as reading ink on paper”, which is of course nonsense, but it makes for good reading.
The other amazing thing Amazon says about Kindle is that it is made for “lefties” as well as “righties”, meaning you can hold the device in either your left or your right hand with equal equanimity and ease, kind of like a, well, like a book.
It is of course wireless, which means while your walking down the street you don’t have to be plugged into the AC unit in the wall back at the office. Another really cool feature.
Amazon has its own wireless delivery system so you don’t have to mess with locating “hot spots” and navigating “confusing service plans.” You could have a newspaper and magazine description delivered to you in the morning. Want to be the first to finish in your book club? Knock the Krap out of them with a Kindle.
It seems Kindle can download whatever you need whenever you need it – from international newspapers like Le Monde and Frandfurter Allgemeine to the Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and 5000 top blogs – but there is a big problem.
It seems Amazon has taken upon itself to censor the contents of its Kindle device by deleting without consent or reasonable charge the book, ironically, titled 1984 by George Orwell. Orwell was a visionary with a propensity to envision just such marvels of injustice and moral chicanery.
So books you download on Kindle aren’t really yours, legally, you’re just renting them with the kindly permission of Big Brother Amazon. And when they decide they don’t want you reading a certain book, they will take it away from you without your consent, and without warning. That is their right and their duty as guardians of the Good and keepers of the Faith.
In fact, why stop at one book as harmless and beautiful and visionary as 1984? Why shouldn’t Amazon just delete all your books if it feels they are over educating you? Perhaps you’re getting in the nasty habit of thinking too much and that makes Amazon, and the government, nervous.
Because if Amazon can delete your books without warning and without consent, why shouldn’t your government get in on the act? We’re not talking about China here – they have already mastered the art of selective instruction.
Were talking about the US, which is on the verge of Democratic collapse into Fascism, with the unpatriotic Patriot Act leading the charge into bullshit paranoid rationalizations as to why your freedoms and privacy must be taken away.
9/11 was probably the biggest overspun farce in modern history, and the Bush administration, having robbed the US of somewhere between 10 and 20 trillion dollars depending upon who you talk to, the most criminal administration in US history.
Maybe the US can alter a few facts in some of Amazon’s digital books – they have lots of practice with the release of official government reports – to better fit their version of historical events, and the criminal role they often play in it. Sounds easy enough, technically speaking. As to the morality of it, Americans better wake up and smell the truth serum.
Digital Rights Management – DRM
Digial rights management is a way for publishers of content to retain control over that content even though you have purchased it. For example, you can buy a movie or album, but you can’t just start selling or giving away free copies because of copyright laws.