So once again my news feed comes alive with an interesting story related to discussions we had in class! While reading today and pondering on how hard it would be for someone like me to live in China. Personally I LIVE Google. Like a drug addict I’m a Google junkie 🙂
SO here goes. Like I said I cam across this article today: Google to shut down China music download service. I imagined myself in China already limited by the amount and type of searches I could make using Google. I may not be an avid user of Google music downloading but if push came to shove there is a possibility that I would use it. So how do I let go of Google? Reading through the article I realized that Google does have a valid reason for wanting to shut down their Google download music service. After all, it is in no way as profitable as they intended it to be and financially that money could be used elsewhere. With so many restrictions already placed on how much Google should censor the use of their searches, keeping a service which does not profit them as much is in no way beneficial.
The question arises though: Do you really not know what you’re missing if you’ve never had the opportunity to experience? To someone living in China, who is new to the internet and Google, does not having the full capability that those of us in the Western world enjoy really matter? What if we had never heard of the restrictions the Chinese placed on how much censorship Google should use, would we be bothered by what we use? But on the other hand, can you really protect your people from all the things that the Internet provide? Does it even make sense to place so many restrictions? I guess the questions go on and on since for those of us not having to deal with it we find it such a strange concept.
I think the bottom line is: Many of us won’t last a day without all the services Google provide. I know I won’t!!