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Late Great Donald Blake 

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Subj: Re: So where did you guy's stand on the Rogan / Young Spotify war?
Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2022 at 09:18:12 pm EST (Viewed 403 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)

    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

Forward: Outside of a handful of YouTube clips, I’ve never listened to Joe Rogan.

I broadly know that Rogan is a (Covid) vaccine skeptic, and that both Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulled their music from Spotify as a result. Whether they did this as an act of protest, or because they simply don’t want to be associated with views they strongly disagree with I’m not sure, but given their personal experiences with polio, I can fully sympathize with either reason.

Rogan is free to run his podcast how he sees fit (under Spotify’s guidelines, of course); artists are free to pull their music from the service as they see fit; Spotify is free to choose who to side with. If there’s misinformed content on Rogan’s podcast and it’s deemed a public hazard, well … I think that’d be immaterial because the public is free to choose to disengage with Rogan’s podcast.

The past few years have shown that people are gonna believe whatever cockamamie bullshit they wanna believe, regardless of however much empirically-backed factual info you throw at them, and most attempts to remove misinformation just further entrenches people in their misinformed beliefs. In cases like Rogan’s podcasts, I think adding disclaimers is about the best we can do.

Someone below made the case that Rogan can be engaged with, but I’m not entirely convinced. If he were at all interested in having dialogue with guests who challenge his vaccine skepticism he would’ve already invited them to his show, yet afaik he hasn’t.

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