“WikiLeaks: The TMZ of Global Politics”

Professor and Chair Susan Douglas wrote a column for In These Times addressing the WikiLeaks controversy. In the column, Douglas questions WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s motives in releasing this information and likens these leaks to information spread through celebrity gossip blogs such as TMZ and Perez Hilton, which thrive on the revelation of the backstage.

She writes, “But despite our legitimate desire for transparency, diplomacy relies crucially on the existence of a backstage, especially when dealing with dispersed and murderous terrorist organizations. So count me as one progressive who is uneasy about this effort to indiscriminately tear down as many curtains as possible, and then to foreground and luxuriate in the most adolescent, gossipy elements of life in the backstage.”

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