[LINK] Fwd: Internet Filtering

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Tue Nov 11 10:01:20 AEDT 2008

Stilgherrian wrote:
> On 11/11/2008, at 9:47 AM, Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>> It is worth reading the Wikipedia on King Canute....and in  
>> particular this:
>>> Ruler of the waves
>>> Henry of Huntingdon, the 12th century chronicler, tells how Canute  
>>> set his throne by the sea shore and commanded the tide to halt and  
>>> not wet his feet and robes; but the tide failed to stop. According  
>>> to Henry, Canute leapt backwards and said 'Let all men know how  
>>> empty and worthless is the power of kings, for there is none worthy  
>>> of the name, but He whom heaven, earth, and sea obey by eternal  
>>> laws'. He then hung his gold crown on a crucifix, and never wore it  
>>> again.[103
>> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canute_the_Great>
> That is precisely why we have nominations for "Cnut of the Week": In  
> memory of King Cnut, we point out those people who are futilely trying  
> to hold back the tide of change, particularly the tide of digital  
> hyperconnectivity.

it is worth reading a little more about Canute, in wikipedia, which
draws this conclusion:

> However there may be a 'basis of fact, in a planned act of piety,' behind this story, and Henry of Huntingdon cites it as an example of the king's 'nobleness and greatness of mind'.[106] Later historians repeated the story, most of them adjusting it to have Canute more clearly aware that the tides would not obey him, and staging the scene to rebuke the flattery of his courtiers; and there are earlier Celtic parallels in stories of men who commanded the tides, namely Saint Illtud, Maelgwn, king of Gwynedd, and Tuirbe, of Tuirbe's Strand, in Brittany.[107

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