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The friend I mentioned in a recent post — who had expressed skepticism about my remarks on censorship — has offered a comment. His observations are worth considering and responding to…
“The majority of online social media is the cyberspace version of the National Enquirer and just as reliable.
“I and my wife have had posts taken down by the Facebook police. We have both been sentenced to do time in Facebook prison. They are Equal Opportunity Discriminators.
“The left wing would have all right wing books, articles, documentaries, film, thoughts, acts, behaviors disappear.
“The right wing would have all left wing books, articles, documentaries, film, thoughts, acts, behaviors disappear.
“Does any of it disappear? NO! Is either wing happy about that? NO! Do both wings piss and moan and gripe and complain and cry foul about it? Endlessly, and with feeling.
“There are an infinite number of spots for messages to land and they do land, and we all do hear and read and view them. And we all make our own judgments about all of it.
“Are all the books still being written? Are all the books still being read? Are all the books having an impact in some degree or other?
“Is anything ‘effectively’ banned? NO!
“‘Banned’ Is a great tag line and marketing tool. It makes things more sought out. Tell us we can’t do it, it goes to the very top of our to-do list.
“Any other questions?”
Well yes, there are other questions.