Posts Tagged ‘chilling effect’

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In our escalating collapse, on every conceivable front, the colleges are a unique case. They once were the centers of moral activism and the anti-war movement. Today, they get weirder and more pathetic monthly. The most spoiled generation in the most spoiled empire in the history of the world believes themselves to be victims. Each and every one is a victim of bad words they lack the intellect to counter.

How Title IX Killed Free Speech on Campus
“People are afraid of teaching any topic that could be deemed controversial because they know the administration won’t stand behind them.”

End-result will be a dumb ass, useless bunch of corporate cogs with nothing to say, nothing to think. Oh wait, we might already be there.

 

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The battle over Google’s selective censorship continues. It seeks to neuter news content so that everything must essentially be suitable for sheltered children, or else it can freeze advertising revenue. This chilling effect has been making the news lately, beginning with the situation at Antiwar.com over 10 year old Abu Ghraib abuse photos.

How Google AdSense Censors the News

Google’s spokesmouth literally said this:

“A good rule of thumb is if it would be okay for a child in any region of the world to see that image, it’s acceptable.”

They are now on a Jihad to cut off advertising to any sites that don’t fall into that category… unless they’re big multinationals methinks.

Now ponder this:

Especially since it seems that once the process gets over to the “human review,” things get much more subjective. [Antiwar’s] Garris says Antiwar.com was reinstated after he got in touch by e-mail with AdSense public relations. But then AdSense came back and said the deal was off because of a May 2014 Antiwar story that featured an Associated Press photo showing a pile of dead people allegedly killed by Ukrainian government soldiers.

…“I think what they really might be trying to do is edit us so we either become less objectionable in their minds, or just get rid of us.”

 

 

 

 

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So you thought Pando might be different?

Ted Rall:
Why Are 6000+ Reporters Keeping the Government’s Non-Secret?

Until last week I was working this story for Pando Daily, where I was a staff writer and cartoonist. We intended to publish the name — not to endanger him (which in any case would not have been possible since Langley had yanked him off his post), but to take a stand for adversarial media.

Journalists ought to publish news wherever they find it, whatever it is, damn the consequences. Credible media organizations don’t protect government secrets. They don’t obey spy agencies. Real journalists don’t cooperate with government — any government, any time, for any reason. My editor and I believed that, by demonstrating a little fearlessness, we might inspire other media outfits to grow a pair and stop sucking up to the government.

There is no longer a “we.” Pando fired me over the weekend, along with the investigative journalist David Sirota.

 

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Case of James Risen sets up showdown over reporter rights
‘chills journalistic activity’

The US fascist war on journalism ramps up.  The empire is now rapidly descending toward totalitarianism and arbitrary use of force against any and all enemies, everywhere, even at the New York Times.

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

 

 

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