Candidates are not allowed to have TV or radio advertising, or even put videos on the internet etc.
To be fair, they do have those minivans with megaphones and terribly cheerful female announcers driving around everywhere.
See, I've never had an issue with CCTV. Essentially it's little more than just replacing some guard standing on a wall and watching his surroundings with a different guard who has a few additional pairs of eyes sitting in a room a bit further away. He's always vigilant outside and doesn't enter my room, like a policeman that doesn't enter my room unless I specifically call for help. We had an attempted kidnapping with the intent to rape at my university a year or so ago and eventually the guy got arrested by being caught on CCTV, having his photograph posted all over Facebook and eventually being identified by no one other than his own girlfriend. It's little more than having increased police presence and I've never had any issues with the police in my country, so that's that. Of course other people and people in countries with the police being a bit less friendly would have a different attitude towards the whole issue.
Having the photographs you send specifically to your friends scanned for your facial features, your emails checked for keywords, your call history recorded and the information that you've specifically sent privately to a person or anonymously to the modern variant of reader's column recorded and traced back to you is none of that. It's more like having the same guard standing over you and watching whatever you do, regardless of where you are, which is essentially little different from the level of surveillance you have in a prison.
To be fair, if you represent an unpopular opinion and even if you're civil about it, this sort of system isn't really going to work. Slashdot is still a very technology focused site, although you can slowly see technology unrelated political topics seeping through (e.g. Bradley Manning deciding to have a sex change), but this is far from being the case everywhere else.
Going outside, getting exercise, feeling the wind, sunshine and rain, meeting people and generally challenging yourself physically, socially and mentally are all good for you.
How exactly does technology stop you from doing any of that? If I jog, I can listen to music that I actually like and in good quality, as opposed to listening to the scratches on the cassette tape of my walkman or mediocre radio broadcasts dispersed with some equally mediocre jokes made by local radio hosts. More importantly, I can do that in the two hours I don't have to waste on going to the local bank with the sole purpose of putting a check in some box.
If you're wasting too much time on Facebook, the issue is you and not the fibre optic cable. Quite frankly, considering that the woman in that video was a big fan of Big Brother out of all things, I would be hardly surprised to find out that the books she's reading isn't exactly Dostoevsky either.
There was going to be a post like this and it's hardly surprising that someone would vote for it. It's not a problem though. It's just intentionally making your life more inconvenient for no good reason. If you want to go to a park and read a good novel or have a picnic with your girlfriend, nothing is stopping you from doing that.
Right now I'm doing an internship abroad. I don't have internet at home, no mobile internet and there's no one really here to call me. It's been like this for two months now. How does it feel? Inconvenient. If I want to listen to some song, I have to dedicate several perfectly good hours to buying a CD with a whole bunch of songs I don't want to listen to. If I want to watch a film, I have to wait until eight o'clock and hope that there will be something that vaguely interests me while showing me the same yoghurt advert every twenty minutes. If I want to find out what the weather is going to be like before doing laundry, I need to catch the exact time of the weather broadcast or waste money on buying a paper half of which is going to be completely useless to me. While I do all that, the experience will always be fairly mediocre. Most things will be aimed at general audience. The music won't be the music I like listening to, the films are only marginally interesting and any news are so lacking in both both scientific and political detail that they're hardly worth reading. Not to mention that if you're interested in something very specific, e.g. I recently wanted to know more about Leos Janacek, your hands are basically tied. Most libraries won't have the information you're looking for--again, libraries you have to waste time going to--leaving you with two options: go to an internet café or just lean back and watch another episode of "British Cops Kicking Drunk People".
Quite frankly, if you want to compare this to anything, it's less akin to alcoholism than to riding a horse to work instead of using any modern means of transportation, including something as simple as a bicycle. Expensive, inconvenient and completely counterproductive for anything other than novelty value.
Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine