Now my blog has been widely bounced around other blogs, forcing me to go respond to several different comments and such. One such discussion (which appears to have been deleted out of frustration of the site owner not getting the response he wanted waaahhh) over on the Democracy Now! site brought up this comment:
It’s been a few days now, and aside from the media’s normal overreaction, where is the public outrage? I see maybe a couple thousand people getting upset and trying to push the message that the Wikileak’ed diplo cables brings. It should be millions. There’s 364m in the US alone.
What I’m seeing is that – in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia – almost no one cares. No one cares that the US covers up truths and pushes for court cases for civilians getting killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to be dropped. No one cares that we’re talking about important allies in under-handed tones behind their backs. No one cares that we’re giving money away, or breaking protocols. No. One. Cares. Nobody. Nada.
This is killing the entire purpose of created Wikileaks – how can it be effective if no one does anything because no one cares? Julian Assange must be as frustrated as I am. There’s nothing worse than trying to do something and the rest of the world ignores you. Well, ignores the power of the content and merely goes about to villify you while tightening their resources to prevent you from completing your mission. It’s still business as usual, no consequences.
This is really disappointing for the few thousand of us who had such high hopes that maybe – just maybe – WikiLeaks would change the world. Why did this leak have to prove a fallacy in Assange’s plan? And WTF can we do about it?
Maybe – just maybe – you shouldn’t put your hopes and dreams into the majority of world citizens. I’ve been saying this for days: the main downfall of WikiLeaks is not what it is reporting or how it reports it, but the fact that what it is reporting is just re-affirming what we already know and have basically grown apathetic about. We may be angry or disappointed, but we have no motivation to go change it. I doubt there’s anyway you can motivate anyone to change it.
Sorry that pisses you off, but honestly, I don’t care. I might have cared at some point, and I might care again later, but right now … nope. Here’s what my response was near the end of the deleted discussion:
Hi. I like it when you give me more info on certain things that I had no idea about. Like the Afghanistan stuff. That was actually interesting. This diplomatic stuff? Boring. Boring. Boring.
See, we already know that the government is sneaky and tends to cover shit up. All governments do that, even ones with great intentions and great people. To dump on us a load of cables that read like private diaries of boring people is weak. Is this a sign of stuff to come? If so, then stop leaking now. Holy shit, was I bored and a bit depressed that “OMG DIPLOMATS ARE SNEAKY PEOPLE” was all I got out of this.
Next time, how about dumping something with real substance. Right now, the Federal Reserves document dump was more exciting than your last one. And it’s full of MATHS. I hate reading maths, but it was like reading an exciting comic book compared to the diplomatic cables.
PS. Tell Julian Assange not to be such an intellectual elitist. He’s a total dick when he’s like that. He’s not exactly doing anything NEW – people have been trying to steal and dump secret government documents for two centuries now. His manifesto isn’t new, either. I’d like him if he’d act like every other dude. K thnx.
Too bad Diplomacy Now! are such whining bitches and bad sports. I’m done talking about or caring about Wikileaks for now.
ADDED: Secretary Gates basically confirmed what I just said. Whoop-tie-doo.