I Guess He's Just Not Photographed Often...
I just did a search of google.com images vs. google.cn images for the term "dalai lama".
Google.com (free world): 42,800
Google.cn (censored world): 38, though only ONE picture of the current Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. HHDL is with Bush in this picture.
Then I did a comparative search using the term "free Tibet" on Google images.
Google.com: 11,800 sparkling pictures and logos calling for a free Tibet.
Google.cn: 20 pictures and map's, mostly from the PRC's propaganda website tibet.cn
Anyone else want to toss out some comparative searches between Google and Google.cn?
[UPDATE 2]: Pamela of Atlas Shrugs has linked to our Google logo jam and TWBF. Thanks Pamela!
[UPDATE 3]: Working Assets/Act For Change has added SFT's jammed logo to their online action campaign.
Nathan Weinberg takes apart Google's justifications for censorship:
I believe Google has the right to censor its searches. That is the cost of doing business in China. But to cloak it in their typical PR-bullshit, to claim that it is in the best interests of Chinese users and not their bottom line, to not once acknowledge that this is the result of laws that should never be, that disgusts me. People have died for this, and how dare you ignore them.I'd hope other companies see the outrage that Google has sparked and realize that doing business by China's rules isn't worth prostituting their moral values.
There’s been talk of a boycott passed around, with some discussion on the term “Red Tuesday”, and I am completely on board. On that day, I will replace my Google ads with an image explaining exactly why. I hope enough people do this to affect Google’s bottom line. I hope enough people do it that it hits Google’s founders where it really hurts, in the stock price. I hope it sends a message that its better to stick by your guns and lose than to sell your soul and win.
[UPDATE 4]: Google Blogoscoped has a partial list of terms google.cn filters results of and/or returns censored websites. Scroll down to see the list, which is ironically posted as an image to prevent the page from being censored for having restricted terms. Google Blogoscoped has lots of other information about how Google.cn is censoring tremendously more websites than google.com -- not to mention the immoral stance Google has taken in partnering in China's massive censorship & propaganda program.
[UPDATE 5]: Mark Fiore has created an incredible flash movie on Google: iRepress. Watch it now!!!