This isn't so much a news item like the rest of what's on this news blog, but instead is just a quick note on mainstream media and their propaganda which willfully conflates free speech and hate speech. For more on this, see my article about Voat and Gab.
Mainstream media follows a syllogism (illogical reasoning) to explain free speech platforms in social media:
Racists use Free Speech Platforms,
You are using a Free Speech Platform,
Therefore you are a Racist.
This reasoning is fallacious with respect to logic. To believe that using a free speech platform means you are a racist is an irrational belief. By that token, such a stigma is a hate crime and harassment under the definitions subscribed to by leftists. Of course, we can't forget that leftist ideology provides carte blanche for hypocrisy as long as it furthers the crusade (most religions do this actually). But I will play this out just a bit more to hopefully get my point across.
What if I said this… because there is rape out there in the world and people are getting raped all the time including children, no one is allowed to have sex anymore.
Safe to say that absolutely everyone would think this is preposterous… unfathomable. Must be a joke. I'm crazy.
Racists say racist stuff and rapists rape. I don’t claim that people having sex are rapists just because rape is a sex act, so don’t claim that for using a free speech platform I'm a racist just because racism is a free speech act. This leftist accusation is intentionally provocative and is meant as a stigma. The Left is chuffed about stigmatizing actual free speech advocates because we are the real danger to their cause - we astutely point out the gibberish in their statements and the nonsense in their belief system.
In addition, true free speech advocates are anathema to leftists because we have individual thoughts and ideas about the world while the goal of collectivist socialists is to render society uniform in order to reduce stimulation and alleviate the psychological burdens the over-sensitive wimpy Leftists experience by nature when something unique or different pronounces itself upon their sensations.
But what about those of us who actually just want free speech? We aren’t trying to make racist statements or bigoted remarks, we just don’t want power-hungry people who are less moral than us deciding what is allowed to be said. Do you really believe the people that Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc. hire are qualified to determine what is a fair statement?
At best, these employees have MBAs and more likely have BAs in commerce and marketing. They are not Doctors of Philosophy and they are not civic heroes, and as such they are not trained or qualified to censor citizens. Likely many or most of them actually qualify as sociopaths. The kind of personality that strives for control is exactly the people who shouldn't be granted that control. This is an age-old lesson that we continuously ignore. The kind of aggressive, mean-spirited people that push to get lucrative positions in the tech-based culture industry (i.e. social media) should not be determining the moral standards of society, or deciding what a "reasonable person" thinks.
The media should be held accountable for purveying dangerous propaganda that ostracizes and marginalizes individuals through an established logic that is purely based around a syllogistic fallacy. The logic of Holocaust deniers is identical to the logic of free speech deniers. They each take something unrepresentative and claim that it is not only normative but defines the phenomenon entirely.
As for me, I have decided to walk away from social media entirely and just focus on this new News Blog, however I know that I encountered great thinkers in my times using Voat and other social media platforms. Some of the guys at Voat are a million times more impressive than my fellow PhD colleagues. They are fair and reasonable and have an incredible grasp of what is at stake when Right and Left are allowed to hijack culture in order to battle it out across their pathetic 2D ideological plane.
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I lost interest in Twitter back in 2012. I tried "free speech" platforms recently but found them wanting.