A kinder, gentler fascism

George Orwell’s 1984 has just been removed in secret from Amazon’s Kindle. It’s not an attempt at censorship as such, merely a problem with copyright. But as this article points out, there is a problem all the same:

Thousands of people last week discovered that Amazon had quietly removed electronic copies of George Orwell’s 1984 from their Kindle e-book readers. In the process, Amazon revealed how easy censorship will be in the Kindle age.

It will be a kinder, gentler fascism but we’ll get used to it assuming we are not used to it already.

From Catallaxy on 18 July 2013.

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