The hopeful story comes from Cuba via the New York Times. In spite of the repressive Communist regime, young people are using technology to spread news and information around the island. Apparently, they're illicitly logging on to the internet, watching foreign television on smuggled satellite dishes or even using digital cameras to record what they see first hand. The gathered news is then passed around from one person to the next by memory stick or flash drive. As technology leaps forward in Cuba, the government can't keep up. The trickle of outside information into the country is turning into a flood. One day soon, we can only hope, it will wash the Raul nee Fidel Castro regime right into the Caribbean Sea.
The appalling story comes from Connecticut via the Associated Press. Lewis S. Mills High School in Burlington prohibited a student from serving on the student council because she posted comments critical of the school's administration on her own internet blog. Avery Doninger's comments were a tad vulgar and definitely juvenile (she is just 17) but they were made from her personal computer, in her home, and on a website unaffiliated with the school. Apparently a judge in Connecticut believes that the First Amendment does not apply to high school students at home on their own computers and denied her request for an injunction. The case is currently on appeal.
Isn't it sad that when free speech seems to be on the rise in Cuba, it seems to be on the decline right here at home?