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The Silver Surfer

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Late Great Donald Blake 

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Subj: Is it really anything new?
Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2022 at 03:23:16 am EST (Viewed 393 times)
Reply Subj: So where did you guy's stand on the Rogan / Young Spotify war?
Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2022 at 12:42:27 pm EST (Viewed 478 times)

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Pretty provocative set of events, huh? Seems like how to understand freedom of speech and "misinformation" intersecting with the digital platform and corporate power is like the issue of our time, huh?

---the late great Donald Blake

No, not provocative at all.

Seems like the same old thing, just in new packaging.

It is not uncommon for someone who produces something to remove that product if it is being associated with something which they do not approve.

The most common is advertising on TV, but that is hardly the only one.

It is a simple boycott, it is not so different from any other. The point is to cause economic pressure to change something, because he hopes others will follow suit.

Is it different than boycotting chick-fil-a because they gave money to anti-gay organizations? Or Nike for using Colin Kaepearnick as a spokesman? Anita Bryant in the 70s?

We keep acting like just because it is on the internet it is somehow different.

If he decided to leave a record label, or not go on a network because of the views of a talk show host would it be provocative?

This is not Twitter kicking people off violating vaguely-defined Terms of Service. That is an actual conversation. This is just something slightly newsworthy happening in a new medium.

The owner of spotify will make a decision, maybe based on principle, but more likely on money (but who knows, the Swedes are a rascally bunch). I have not seen the numbers, but my guess is that in 2022, Joe Rogan brings in more cash Neil Young.

For the record, while I think Rogan is saying some dangerous stuff... nothing about him screams expert. As far as I know he has never claimed to be either. If people choose him over others, that is their call.

Americans choosing what they want to hear over what comes from reliable sources is also not new. Hell, it is practically the American way.

Yes, I know other artists have left as well, but I still doubt it will be enough to rival one of the most popular podcasts in the nation. Podcasts now becoming one of the dominant forms of entertainment.

Like I said, Neil will probably be hurt far more than Spotify, and that is his call. He left on his own, and gave a reason... perhaps over estimating his value to the platform. He gave the owner a choice, seemingly the owner went in the other direction.

This should be the end of the story. It another, in a long list of boycotts that did nothing.

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