What’s In A Word?
The latest to be the victim of high tech censorship with a strong leftist bias is Elizabeth Heng, Republican Congressional Candidate. She is of Cambodian ancestry and ran a political ad which included a video showing the Communist atrocities in Cambodia. Facebook blocked the ad designating it to be “shocking, disrespectful or sensational” and causing the snowflakes, cupcakes, earth muffins and other of the millennial genre to scramble for their safe spaces and crying closets. Facebook later relented and removed the block.
Enter Twitter which disagreed with the Facebook decision and decided to blacklist (there’s word with a nasty history) the campaign ad. Their reasoning is that the ad is “obscene”. Well, what is the legal definition of obscene?
In the 1964 Supreme Court Case of Jacobbellis v Ohio, Justice Potter Stewart declared something to the effect that he couldn’t define obscenity, but, he knew it when he saw it. Not much to go on, there. However, in the 1973 Supreme Court Case of Miller v California much more certainty was added when Justice Warren Burger put a definition to obscenity, as follows:
Whether the average person applying community standards would find that the
work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest,
Whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct
specifically defined by the applicable state law and,
Whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or
What say you Twitter?
But then, this shouldn’t be a surprise. This is what happens when you label thirtyish and fortyish computer geeks as Masters of the Universe, measure their wisdom by the amount of money they have accumulated (a very poor criteria) and give them free reign to control speech through their tech companies. The fault lies with the government’s apathy and most of all with a compliant public (a nation of sheep) who allow their intellect to be controlled by a device. The tech CEO’s have, collectively, become the reincarnation of Dr. Timothy Leary and the I Phone has become the LSD of the 21st century. What was it that Leary said, “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out”. It’s happening right before our eyes and the examples are too numerous to mention, but, people see them on a day to day basis; a young couple at a restaurant looking at their phones rather than each other, users falling into fountains or bumping into you at the airport or walking in front of your car at an intersection or, as we are discovering, using a single source, such as Facebook, for news and on and on.
But all should remember, people or corporate entities are only your masters if you, as a free thinking individual, allow them to be.