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Buzzword of the day - samizdat

Samizdat, a system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident/banned literature, seems to be a hip buzzword. Without discussing the etymology of samizdat, it appears that several Web sites and blogs have claimed the word recklessly.

Is it possible to brand a Web site samizdat in an open society? Clearly, publishing dissident literature via a Web site/blog would qualify for dissenting, even heterodox, views--but not samizdat. To publish/distribute dissident/banned literature in an open society does not appear to be a clandestine system. Publishing/distributing dissident/banned literature on a blog in China would be considered samizdat.

from the BBC
China started to block blog entries which used words such as "freedom", "democracy" and "demonstration".


In America, dissenting views are chic. In other parts of the world, it is a calculated risk.

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