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I noticed this post "Attn Germans in Fandom: Internet Censorship debate and why this concerns YOU)" only just now because I've been mostly away from the Internet for the past week (I'm terribly behind with my work at the office. I feel so incompetent that it's not even funny).

Around the time of the June 4th anniversary, I was secretly squeeing that people finally became more aware of the internet censorship in China. Why? Because I was hoping that a real-life example of what an infrastructure of censorship can do will finally make people see what the apparently innocuous, or even righteous, call for more censorship against obscenity that's been gaining political ground and moral high ground here.

It's so easy for the conservatives (and people with secret political motives) to sway public opinion to tightening control of the internet by framing the question in such a way that all anti-censorship people are pedophiles, perverts, depraved sex fiends who don't care that children are being "corrupted" by pornographic materials (I don't believe this is corruption for one bit - but then if I say this, this will only be cited as example of how depraved and evil I am). And for the same reason, no politician who cares about his career will stand up against censorship of pornography, if the whole debate is about pornography.
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I'm shocked to read that Amazon is deranking all books with gay and lesbian content (including Stephen Fry's autobiography!) as they consider them too "adult" for customers to see. I didn't believe it at first when I read this post about the seriousness of the censorship but then I search "homosexuality" in amazon.com and found that, indeed, the first ranked search is "A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality" and the rest bible shit too.

I've been using Amazon for years but now I think I'm going to have to close my account there.

ETA: You can't find the book even when you type in the whole title and author. This is just insane!

Links about the situation - if real adult items are not labelled "Adult" but parenting books are, what do they mean by "Adult"?

I'm not sure how this GoogleBomb works but anyway: Amazon Rank

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I had no idea BBC Entertainment cut Gwen's kiss with the girl in the second episode and the two kisses between Tosh and Mary. I'm glad I didn't subscribed to BBC Entertainment in my cable package – I've a niggling fear that it would just show the same heavily censored version for all Asian countries.

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