Stainless Steel Mouse is perhaps best known for being one of the first ‘netizens’ in China to be sent to prison. Today, she remains under house arrest while recent weeks have seen authorities use the call for Jasmine protests in China as a pretext to arrest or arrange for the disappearance of many of her peers. She also remains a huge Sci-Fi geek, and today published a short story that builds off some of her recent tweets, The Interrogation:
Prisoner: I don't know, it wasn't me.
Prisoner: It wasn't only me who said that, lots of people did, great minds think alike. As for the tweet that went out on @mimitree0, I can assure you it wasn't me who sent it, and nor do you have any evidence that proves it was me who sent it.
Prisoner: I can't tell you that.
Prisoner: This I definitely don't know.
Prisoner: I can't take legal responsibility for my own speculation.
Prisoner: If I had to guess, I'd say that nobody used @mimitree0 to send the tweet.
Prisoner: I think that it wasn't a person that sent the tweet.
Prisoner: For example, it could have been AI.
Prisoner: AI is artificial intelligence, but can also be a program, like a virus.
Prisoner: This program was only designed to send out information through @mimitree0, gathering and disseminating related information, as well as making adjustments based on netizen feedback, it didn't need to be that clever. As for the trouble, you actually created it all yourselves. If you hadn't arrested so many people and deployed such massive numbers to the city centers, beating up foreign reporters, then there wouldn't have been any trouble at all.
Prisoner: You can't say that a single program tricked all those people to take to the street—the program merely published information, and those who received the information acted on it of their own volition, there wasn't any need for someone to organize this.
Prisoner: Actually, they responded the same way that netizens who took to the street did, they only became involved after the incident took place. There wasn't just one page or Twitter account set up for the Jasmine action, and people weren't even in agreement with each other over what the purpose was, there were a number of differences of opinion and arguments; they didn't even have the power to give orders to netizens, quite the opposite, it was netizens who chose to accept their suggestions through their own actions. You can see how there was no mastermind behind the Jasmine Revolution, it was purely the result of people taking action of their own volition. Actually, it was your behavior that added fuel to the flames, and not some revolutionary organizer who ordered you to do what you did. You also took action of your own your volition, but the result was that it helped spread information about the revolution. This is the logic of the Jasmine Revolution.
Prisoner: Society can have many organizers and actors, but it doesn't need one organizer at its core. Society evolves from the bottom up, it's the result of all people's actions. Regardless of how mighty a ruler is, it's still unable to force society to develop in complete accordance with its own volition.
Prisoner: It's not guaranteed that this program was written by a human, programs are able to evolve too. In the same way that human consciousness wasn't the creation of god, but a product of evolution. It's entirely possible that a gigantic and complex program, over the course of years of evolution, gradually developed consciousness, and it was this that launched the Jasmine Revolution.
Prisoner: I'm talking about GFW, the Great Firewall of China.