Globalization: Social & Geographic Perspectives

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May 18th, 2011 · 3 Comments
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The site Wikileaks, founded by Julian Assange, has been cancelled many times. What is Wikileaks? “Wikileaks is a non-profit media organization dedicated to bringing important news and information to the public….We publish material of ethical, political, and historical significance while keeping the identity of our sources anonymous, thus providing a universal way for the revealing of suppressed and censored injustices.” Thanks to information provided by Wikileaks the public is able to find out information that is not released by the media. Steven Aftergood disagrees, he believes that Wikileaks invades privacy and “has launched a sweeping attack not simly on corruption, but on secrecy itself.” In my opinion, people have a right to know what is occurring in the government of their country. Although I understand that sometimes it is beneficial to keep things hidden, there are times when people have a right to the information as well.

In the video “Teach Your Children” by Crosby Stills Nash Young, it starts out by portraying a poor Middle Eastern community. It features the American soldiers caring for young children by holding them, providing them with food and smiling down at them. At 44 seconds the video shows a father teaching his sons how to use a gun. It shows how societies cultures truly differ from one another. In America many young children are forbidden to play with toy guns yet in their culture, young children are taught how to use a real gun. The video continues to show how children in America play in playgrounds and swim in pools. The children in the Middle East are constantly exposed to violence. The video truly shows how American society differs from Middle Eastern cultures, values and expectations.

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  • 1    kagront100 // May 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I agree that people have a right to know what is occurring in the government of their country no matter how damaging that information can be. At the end the truth is being revealed and that’s what counts the most. No one likes to be the last to know things so I don’t think Wikileaks is doing anything wrong but people must keep in mind that what they read on the internet may not be 100% correct.

  • 2    peterjun // May 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Its a matter of transparency that the government and its elected officials do not want. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if the general masses found out that every politician had some skeletons in their closet, but its the power hungry that really try to keep wikileaks down and label its a “terrorist” organization. People would think with the financial crisis occurring party due to a lack of transparency, the government would support it, but they feel that keeping the secrets “hidden” are to our best interest and the interest of the county. Look how well that led us in 2008.

  • 3    lisaaa // May 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I hate how the gov’t keeps its citizens out of the loop. They say its to protect us but really it’s to hide how corrupt our gov’t is. I think it’s great Wikileaks exist because it keeps us in the know.

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