Hugh Hewitt interviewed Glenn Reynolds yesterday afternoon on his radio talk show. These comments by the Instapundit particularly caught my attention:
“You see a lot of blogging in India. And somebody from the BBC asked me recently why you don't see more blogging in Europe. And the answer is I don't really know. I mean, there's some. The French bloggers were actually fairly instrumental in seeing that the EU constitution wasn't ratified by France. But overall, the European scene seems comparatively lifeless, given how many smart, literate people there are with computers.”
I think I now the reason why there is so little blogging going on in Europe: censorship is the norm. We Americans enjoy First Amendment protections. This is definitely not the case in France and the other EU countries. Alain Finkielkraut is apparently not a blogger, but only recently he was threatened with a a law suit and even possible imprisonment for candidly discussing the threat of Islamic nihilism in France. Does Reynolds believe this incident is exceptional? Moreover, he also mentions the incredibly high numbers of bloggers in Iran. Could it be that a blogger is more free to express their views in that dictatorial society than in some of the western European nations?