Saturday, October 22, 2005


And, by the way, if any country stands to lose in this tug of war over the internet and "cultural diversity", it's Ireland. Ireland does very well out of trade between the US & EU and many Irish citizens make good livings on their ability to create cultural products that appeal to both Americans and Europeans.

Protecting "cultural diversity" is simply protectionism (and, also an attempt at controlling freedom of expression) under another name. This is the sort of thing that can escalate quickly and Ireland could be the biggest loser of all. It's certainly in Ireland's interest to try and defuse this situation now before it gets any worse.