Meltem Arikan

In the analogue world, dictatorships are not established only by the army, security forces, religion or ideological means but also through public approval. During the process of moving into the digital world, when freedom of information and expression helps in the demolition of dictatorships, a chaotic atmosphere will probably prevail. Religious communities and armies may establish new, temporary dictatorships for stabilization. And also people may approve of these dictatorships in order to get rid of the chaos. After the digital world is established, however, such dictatorships will definitely be destroyed.


Analog dünyada diktatörlükler sadece ordunun, polisin, dinin veya ideolojilerin desteğiyle değil halkın da onayıyla kurulmuştur. Dijital dünyaya girerken haberleşme ve ifade özgürlüğü diktatörlüklerin yıkılmasına yardımcı olurken kaos oluşabilir. İstikrar için ordular ve dini cemaatler geçici yeni diktatörlükler kurabilirler. Halk da bunu kaostan kurtulmak için onaylayabilir. Ancak dijital dünya kurulduktan sonra söz konusu diktatörlükler tümüyle ortadan kalkacaktır.

Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009.


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