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写信

从小就觉得,写信是件很不安全的事情。

初中的时候,我喜欢上了一个同班同学。学校规定,早恋会影响学业,必须通报家长。无奈之下,我只好偷偷写信。买了漂亮的信封,把叠好的信纸装进去,趁其他同学不注意的时候放进女生的抽屉。

虽然对我没有任何兴趣,那个女生还是不厌其烦地进行了回复。字迹颇为清秀,而且还用了那种会闪闪发亮的紫色墨水。晚上写完功课,我就把当天的拒信放入床头柜的最深处。夜复一夜。

不出俩月,我妈对我进行了猛烈的批评教育。她对我的思想动态简直了如指掌,没有给我留下任何抗辩的余地。那天晚上,我发现床头柜的储物空间明显大了许多。

工作以后,由于对外面的世界颇为好奇,我开始和台湾朋友通信。先是写电子邮件,很快觉得不够过瘾,又转向传统信件的往来。明信片顺利抵达了海峡彼岸,令我欣喜不已。于是,我决定和对岸同胞交换一些更加丰富的阅读材料。

但是,图书的送达时间似乎要比卡片缓慢许多。苦等了两月之后,前台打来电话:「有你的东西,刚到的。」「哦?哪儿寄来的?」「信封上没有发件人地址。」

我很好奇地接过那个崭新的牛皮纸信封,发现上面用红色油墨印着简体的「中国邮政」。掏出里面的东西,倒是都在台湾朋友之前发来的清单上。火速回家,比对 Excel 文件——真是无巧不成书,我最想看的两本不见了。

原来历史老师所说的并不全是历史。前东德有个机构叫做「斯塔西」(Stasi),凡是来自国外的信件都必须拆开检查,有问题的要复印存档。斯塔西有9万个工作人员,其中2000人每天的工作就是用蒸汽打开外来信件,逐字逐句通读一遍,然后再用胶水恢复原样。

为了不让台湾人民的财产在出口之后遭受损失,我只好中断了这种基于邮政系统的越洋图书交流活动。准确地说,从那以后我就不在纸上写信了。所有的通信,都转向了电子邮件。

我听 Google 的朋友说,所有存放在他们服务器上的数据,都会在全球范围内被备份三次。就算哪天旧金山被核弹毁灭了,他们也能够在24小时之内将所有的邮件再复制一遍。他们不会将你的邮件交给别人,连收邮件的时候数据都是被层层加密过的。

我被这个故事搞得莫名激动。他们的邮箱那么大,我把这辈子的所有邮件都放在里面也够了,而且还没有别人能够看到。

「可是会不会有朝一日上不去 Gmail 呢?」「你想,首先 Google 那么有钱,所以养个邮箱系统还是没问题的,养到你看不清邮件那天也没有太大问题。另外,都那么多人用 Gmail 了,邮件都在里面,对吧,被那什么,不太可能。邮箱和搜索引擎不一样。」

今年年初,我曾经和部门里的老外有过一次激烈的讨论。他们全票认定 Gmail 没有在神州大地完全上不去的可能性,理由大概可以总结为:你们又不是朝鲜,经济要发展,那么多跨国公司都用 Gmail 呢,谁受得了啊。

两个月之后的某天早晨,我走进办公室,发现他们都受不了了。我打开电脑,发现我的信纸不见了,藏着信的床头柜下落不明了,甚至整个邮局都在一夜之间被关闭了。邮局门口贴着封条,上面写着「Connection Reset」。

看门人给我留下了一叠用红色油墨印着简体「中国邮政」的崭新牛皮纸信封,但是我却不想用它们。看不到我邮件的人们现在也不让我看自己的邮件了。感谢国家。

在柏林墙倒塌之后,愤怒的东德人民冲进了斯塔西档案大楼。在接下来的20年中,数百万份被复印存档的通信记录得以重见天日,存放在联邦德国斯塔西档案馆里,供公众查阅。

电影《窃听风暴》(Das Leben der Anderen)临近结尾,正收听电台的斯塔西工作人员摘下耳塞,轻声说道:「Die Mauer ist offen」。

他难以掩饰内心的兴奋。那一天,墙被推倒了。

52 Responses to “写信”

  1. cheo2ng
    March 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    在我生活的城市里有间中学,每封寄过去的信都会被班主任看过之后才转向本人。
    等那一天。

  2. abc
    March 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    没有Gmail用什么好?

  3. Justin
    March 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    自从飞老师在微博上发怒以后,我就觉得你会就这个事儿写个blog什么的。

    果不其然。

    但我相信这仅仅是地方性的,因为我所在的城市依然可以很顺畅的访问G邮件。

  4. cosbeta
    March 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    在天朝,一切皆有可能

  5. ppip
    March 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    我觉得他们有一天会关闭所有的VPN和SSH的。做生意?在我的地盘上做生意。

  6. Sylvieluk
    March 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    学生哥,好温功课,米日日挂住拍拖~

  7. leungxh
    March 13, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    最近发生的事,包括防火墙的施虐,一些人对岛国地震的反应,真的想哭

  8. paw
    March 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    期待
    Die Mauer ist offen

  9. dimlau
    March 14, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    《窃听风暴》超棒,上上个周在咖啡馆的放映会上放映来着,不过可惜,当时竟然没有几个人和我一样喜欢这部影片。

  10. mad_apple
    March 14, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    @flypig 童鞋在博客里比在推上内敛淡定得多……

    赞此文

    如果Gmail真的在这片神奇的土地上上不去了
    就不择手段地准备肉体翻墙好了……

  11. mapler
    March 14, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    很赞的文风
    最近和遇难的同学mail联系,被墙堵得抓狂

  12. Cia007
    March 14, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    写得很赞……在天朝一切皆有可能……我以前也认为不会封Gmail的……唉… 现在是肉身翻墙中…回去又是要解决怎么翻墙……好烦

  13. 左道
    March 14, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    我可以上啊

  14. March 14, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    真是让人伤感,虽然我有6个邮箱,但是还是喜欢Gmail

  15. 落水的猫
    March 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Gmail总是把自己装得很高尚…但是我经常能看到GOOGLE扫描用户邮箱的新闻

    • abc881858
      March 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

      对的 我不希望你用gmail 千万要时刻谨记资本主义的毒瘤

    • Menn
      March 18, 2011 at 12:51 am #

      求新闻链接,人民网,新华网这些就不用了

    • 孙波
      April 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

      你的新闻都是哪里看的?辨别过是不是D发的吗

  16. plex
    March 15, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    欢迎早日觉醒,早日投靠自由资本主义国家!

  17. 擦,又遇到sb了
    March 16, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    @ 落水的猫
    好用就是好用,用得着装?
    倒是你哦,每天7点钟新闻联播看了20年2了吧

  18. oeshine
    March 17, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    中国就是这个样子,我也在期待改变的一天,不过貌似最近gmail也被封了

  19. 野草博客
    March 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    特意来看看,这个博客是不是在墙内……

  20. z.c.
    March 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    flypig,德文St连用s发英文sh的音,故而是史塔西

  21. 邹游
    March 20, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    这文章情感表达层层递进,循序渐显。愤怒表达得淋漓尽致。

  22. 无手指K
    March 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    我在想,当我老去的那一天,我该将我的帐号留给谁。。。

  23. dan
    March 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    墙不倒,国无宁日

  24. 姜敏
    March 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    一转眼有近10年没写过信了,看来网络很容易让人变懒~

  25. 筷子
    April 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    呵呵,感谢国家~

  26. 炫英风
    June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    中学的时候,情窦初开,爱是了写信!
    因为那可以不用面对她,可以畅开心扉,让感情自然流露而无所顾忌。。。。。。

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    June 29, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    说不定若干年后,中国人在美国建立了新的柏林墙

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