Last couple of weeks have been a lot like this.
Its sad because its true.
People don’t understand how liberty works. When you’re on private property, you abide by the owner’s rules (or a website, like this one, we go by Scott’s).
The only one who’s not allowed to, ahem, “supress” us is the government.
On the other hand, there’s something to be said for the _principle_ (not law) of freedom of expression. These days the internet is perhaps the most important medium of public communication, and private companies have increasingly greater control of these forums.
For these reasons it seems like a bad idea to simply dismiss freedom of speech as something which doesn’t apply to private organizations/websites.
True, true. It’s a principle, not a law. It should be respected, not enforced. But people take advantage of it, and try to use it to get away with dirty deeds.
Like tidying away certain Yelp reviews and “promoting” others, but only if you have a premium service subscription?
Rants and tantrums may be dirty, but their more important distinction is no call to action, no direction to the dialogue, no point or purpose. Gagging all dissent to get at them is throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
That’s when done with noble intentions. Gags tend to be more… surgical than principled, merely selectively enforced.
But to keep things in perspective, we’re talking about the internet, not authoritative countries, a place where “dissent” probably means people arguing whether Batman could beat Superman or not.
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