I do, and will have a lot more to say on this subject. But, it’s later than I want it to be and I’m fighting an evil computer critter for a coworker. But, don’t take this lightly. They’re coming for us. They wish to silence the “rabble”. That would be those who would disagree with their views and opinions. They like to call it “hate-speech” and other such euphemisms for not being a leftard.
Further, they view online commenting as a threat towards their indoctrination process they like to call “education”.
Apparently, they haven’t prepared our delicate little flowers towards the ability to process comments which are negative, or even, gasp, insensitive towards their feelings.
A new call for the federal government to crack down on a social media app popular with college students, but sometimes used to spread hate, is a study in how to violate the First Amendment, according to one legal expert.
A coalition of advocacy groups penned a letter Oct. 20 to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights demanding more monitoring and regulation of the popular free app, Yik Yak, by college administrators — claiming the app is being used for sexual and race-based online harassment and intimidation that is prohibited on college campuses by Title IX. …….
…. But the anonymity of Yik Yak has also created a forum for hateful, sexist and racist comments. In some instances, the speech has crossed the line to actual threats — like those reported within the past year at the University of Mary Washington, where female students were threatened with rape and murder via the social media app. The groups’ letter cites hate-filled comments, such as, “Jesus I hate black people,” as well as sexually explicit speech.
In its effort to censor Yik Yak on college campuses, the coalition — which includes the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Organization for Women as well as the Human Rights Campaign and the National LGBTQ Task Force — cites a 1969 Supreme Court case applicable to kindergarten through 12th grade students. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the high court ruled that certain speech in schools could be restricted if deemed disruptive — though that Supreme Court ruling does not apply at colleges and universities.
Eugene Volokh, a professor at UCLA School of Law, roundly criticized the letter Tuesday, saying any crackdown on Yik Yak — now the ninth-most popular social media app — is blatantly unconstitutional. …
To those crying about racist statements on the internet, or sexually explicit statements …….. so what? It’s the internet!!!!! There’s something sexually explicit on the internet? SAY IT ISN’T SO!!!!!!! Are we to believe our colleges are preparing these young adults for life by trying to shelter them from the sexually explicit material on the internet? As if they don’t and aren’t already exposing themselves to such and sexually explicit experiences in real life?
As to the racist statements ….. well, sorry kids, that too is real life. For those pretending to instruct our young people, go get a different job, you’re failing our future. For the young ones …… I have always found it best to confront racism, or anything else we know is vile. Pretending it isn’t there by blocking your ability to see it doesn’t help, rather, it harms your ability to deal with the reality of life.
But, of course, this leftarded sort of censorship isn’t confined to our delicate little flowers of advanced education, but, also in the other most leftarded institution, our media.
It’s really pretty funny, in a way. A few years ago, the left were all over the internet blogs and comment sections. The left was cackling about how all the old fogies just won’t know how to deal with all this free flow of expression and that the young generation was taking over! …….. and then, reality slapped the leftards in the face. They had no idea how tech savvy (and young) many conservatives are. For example, some leftards created a faux climate blog. Supposed experts, they were. Next thing you know, there are hundreds of climate skeptical blogs, with readerships beyond the imagination of the climate lunatics. This has led to a fascinating change in what “blogging” means. Prior to this and other events, blogging was typically some megalomaniac discussing what they planted in their yard or what they ate for dinner.
But, even before the climate wars, something else was happening in parallel. The idiot news media (LSM) realized they were losing readership/viewership. They thought it would be clever to open up comment sections to their leftarded babblings they pretend is “news” and opinion. ….. Oops! Well, they did this because there were some blogs out there, gaining huge audiences simply by slapping the LSM.
The effect it had probably wasn’t what the LSM wanted. As it turns out, they learned they lived in a bubble ….. that no one outside the leftarded bastions or Washington D.C. shared their views. <—- They really, really, hate that!!!!
So, what to do? Well, for a leftard, the answer is obvious! By all means, never re-exam their own fatally flawed thinking! No!!! It is to shut down voices of dissent!
The internet was born open but is becoming closed everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the rush to shutter readers’ comments sections at major news organisations. Cheered on by intolerant, snobbish cultural elites, news organisations from The Verge to The Daily Beast have, in recent months, informed their readers to take their opinions elsewhere.
Dozens of progressive blogs and news outlets are following suit, citing “abuse” and “harassment” as the primary reasons they no longer want to hear the opinions of their readers. But that’s not what is really going on.
There was a time when comments sections were seen as the next step in a golden age of democratised communication, particularly by the political Left. “For the first time ever, we are thinking aloud, unfiltered by mass media gatekeepers,” wrote a former Hillary Clinton advisor in 2008. “Never before has the global discourse been so accessible, recursive, and durable.”
In 2009, the former online editor for the Washington Post wrote that despite their problems, readers’ comments allowed readers to “complain about what they see as unfairness or inaccuracy” and remind editors that they “do not always agree with journalists about what is important.”
The late Georgina Henry, former editor of the Guardian’s online commentary pages, wrote in 2010 that “journalism without feedback, engagement, dispute and opinion from below the line no longer feels complete to me.” Indeed, the Guardian was once so enamoured of its comments section that it ran a weekly feature, Below the Line, in which “delightful, prolific, or controversial members of the Guardian comment community” were invited to profile themselves.
The rise of comments sections coincided with the rise of another high-minded idea: the Crowd. If TED talks from the early 2010s are to be believed, the Crowd was set to revolutionise government, end poverty, and cure cancer. In an age when the Crowd was going to fix the world’s problems, it stood to reason that they should fix public discourse as well.
But the era of Silicon Valley-led optimism is over, at least for the journalists and publications that once eagerly reported on it. Today, the tone is misanthropic, not utopian, and the Crowd – at least as it appears in the comment boxes – is portrayed not as saviour, but as a sort of barbarous horde at the gates of politically-correct progressive society. …..
But, this notion of censorship isn’t confined to less than MSM outlets. Here’s this from WaPo
I won’t bother quoting from the article, but, it’s interesting enough for me to recommend a read.
But, let’s not let them pretend they’re shutting the comments down because someone said something mean or crude. They’re shutting them down because the leftards lose the arguments. A leftard is simply not intellectual enough to carry their idiocy when someone confronts their flawed thinking. Yes, it hurts their feelings. And, no, they don’t like it! Remember, these are some of the same people who were coddled throughout their years in college, brainwashed into believing leftism was some worthwhile pursuit and that thinking people actually agreed with the mush their professors crammed down their throats.
It must be a horrible shock for them to realize their notions don’t hold up to the arguments of an averagely educated person. They can’t rebut. But, again, rather than re-evaluate their own thinking, they choose to silence the dissenting voices.
Shocking, I know, but, that’s what little Stalins do.