Danielle Capalbo’s Blog

Unexpected answers

Posted in Encounters by Quiet Giant on May 26, 2009

“What’s the point of blocking Facebook?” Rula asked, rhetorically. “Facebook is something you can use without limitations, and that’s something scary for our society at this point. … But it’s a temporary solution.”

The colossal social networking site is banned in Syria, along with Blogger and YouTube. The government only recently lifted a block on Wikipedia. Regardless, Rula, a recent graduate of Damascus University, said she uses a proxy server to sign into Facebook every day. She relies on the site to keep in touch with friends abroad, for instance, and it’s her phone book.

Still, this afternoon, in a wonderful dialogue with Syrian students, Rula rationalized the ban:

“We need restrictions,” she said. “We’re not there yet [as a country], and we need restrictions to not fall apart.”

Just one of today’s many valuable perspectives.

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  1. Sandy Raymond said, on May 27, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Enjoyed the article immensely. I perceive Carlene to be extremely wise.


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