We control your books and what you read, because we control you. Welcome to the new Internet...
@Robert Long 1, Well said, I totally agree.
When the Internet first started to grow it looked like some kind of Utopian opportunity to share knowledge, but its slowly being transformed into a means to control and micro manage the lives of everyone connected to it for the personal gain of the minority in power over the Internet.
Ruthless companies like Phorm show just how little empathy some people have for others in their Narcissistic rush for personal gain at the expense of others. Yet politicians fail to protect us from such ruthless exploitation by these kinds of companies because the unspoken rule of politics is that they also ultimately seek to exploit their position of power for their own personal gain. They all know knowledge is power and the Internet is knowledge so they want to control that power.
All the while the Internet is an ever growing global database storing ever more of everyones life and views. Each bit of media they own and create leaks some aspect of their life views, ready and waiting for ever more automated data mining to profile them into different psychologically sorted groups, but few see the real danger in this.
People who seek true power care little for individuals, they are far more interested in seeking personal gain by exploiting groups of people and the means to manipulate a group is first finding which psychologically sorted groups they belong to and then offering them false "carrot on a stick" style inducements that manipulate that group towards goals the people in power want. Throughout history people who seek power exploit the "Fears and Desires" of people for their own gain, all the while finding ways to identify and hold back opponents to their goals.
Wielding true power is a numbers game. Find ways to make more opponents lives harder than supporters, then overall the people with the power win. Plus they don't have to stop all opponents they simply have to use divide and conquer to break up opposing groups of people. One good tactic is simply to use lies to distract the majority of opponents, after all the ends justify the means as the personal gain of the people in power is more important than honesty and as for fairness, they know there is no real fairness in a world where some people (just like them) fight to control the lives of others, so they can easily find ways (in their minds) to justify using lies to manipulate groups of people. Plus if the lies and manipulation fail, there's always the old favorite of using punishments against opponents simply by enforcing taxes and council red tape more on opponents than supporters to distract them from being opponents.
Throughout history people who seek power ultimately seek the personal gain that power gives them, yet we know knowledge is power and the Internet is a vast and growing source of knowledge, so is it any wonder people who seek power seek to control the Internet. Yet few people still see the growing danger of a minority of people gaining such growing power over the majority of people as always for the personal gain of the minority in power. The lessons of history have not been learned by enough people. Sadly it looks like we are going to end up repeating the mistakes of the past.
Still its more than a bit ironic they removed the book 1984, but then it is already banned in some countries. Wonder why?