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Comment: Thanks to corporations, instead of democracy we get Baywatch

The internet at least has helped to promote revolutions of varying degrees of authenticity in Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Argentina and Bolivia. But the flaw in Friedman's [New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman] theory is that he forgets the intermediaries. The technology which runs the internet did not sprout from the ground. It is provided by people with a commercial interest in its development. Their interest will favour freedom in some places and control in others. And they can and do turn it off. [refers to Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, Cisco Systems, Harper Collins, Morgan Stanley, BP]

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