Standard Responses to Most Censorship

In the most recent but not likely to be the last case of deplatforming, InfoWars and Alex Jones have been removed from Roku following complaints from viewers. It’s their legal right to do so but censorship is worrisome because it usually falls harder on the Left than the Right.

7 thoughts on “Standard Responses to Most Censorship

  1. Conspiracies exist. One online dictionary suggests the word has been with us for ‹600 years from Middle English.

    Those perpetually committing the worst conspiracies attempt to hide them by including among their MANY propaganda memes (AST***) “conspiracy theory.”

    *** American Soft Totalitarianism©

    • PS
      How can I have been so silly.

      Please note change to a more easy to remember acronym and a more meaningful name to its underlying phenomenon.

      The former AST© is now EAST©
      This stands for:

      EXCEPTIONAL American Soft Totalitarianism©

      • I dunno, the former would be pronounced “assed” … which seems like a good acronym to me.


  2. Roku’s decision is a little unnerving. I have been using it for nearly 8 years, and it doesn’t work like Facebook or yahoo or other so called newsfeed. These sites comingle clickbait, malware, fake news sites with regular contents. Mixing garbage with real content on their front page is a problem with those sites.

    Roku doesn’t do that. It would have required at least 5 intentional decisions to view infowar’s content for the first time. First the person would have need to go into a streaming channel menu, and search for infowars. Second, you need to click on the information screen for the channel. Third you need to select Add Channel to your device. (If it was a pay site, there would be another step to confirm billing) Fourth you need to open the channel after it is loaded. Finally, the person would need to select which content to view.
    I didn’t mind having Infowars removed from mainstream newsfeeds since I couldn’t prevent it from being in my feed. It is another thing to prevent people from viewing it that want to view it.

  3. Funny how a string of “rights” can make a “wrong” – I agree with everything stated in the captions, and I also agree with Ted’s conclusion.

    Firmly Straddling the Fence

    PS: Bring back the Fairness Doctrine: Then you COULD force a publisher to run something they don’t want to.

  4. Interfering with capital would be wrong !

    Which in turn explains your observation that censhorship «usually falls harder on the Lerft than the Right»….


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