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Subj: government censorship vs. free market [EDITED]
Posted: Mon Feb 07, 2022 at 10:13:21 pm EST (Viewed 150 times)
Reply Subj: Re: So where did you guy's stand on the Rogan / Young Spotify war?
Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2022 at 11:01:05 am EST (Viewed 321 times)
I think there's a difference between folks in positions of power, particularly the government/public sector trying to censor others and free market participants enacting change with their consumption choices. Nevertheless, it's happening on both sides of the political spectrum.
A Tennessee school board banned Maus, a graphic novel about the Holocaust.
A Tennessee pastor held a book burning event, where folks burned "Twilight" and "Harry Potter".
In Texas, parents have tried to remove library books that deal with race, racism, sex, gender and sexuality. This is happening far more now than in years past.
In New Hampshire, a "Teacher Loyalty" bill, if passed, would be very problematic in how our country's history is taught due to how vague it was written.
In regards to Joe Rogan, I think it's ok to have guests on that share a minority/contrarian point of view, but in my opinion, he should:
1) Be well enough versed in the subject to push back on, probe, provide context for, and challenge the assertions of his guests when they spread misinformation.
2) Have additional guests on at the same time who could do this in real-time. Foster a conversation between two experts who may have different point of views.
The way I understand it, he often does not meet the criteria for either of the above. When topics such as Covid and climate change affect the whole of society in dangerous ways, the stakes are raised. It's not enough for Joe Rogan to say "well I'm just asking questions". Not when the stakes are this high. People can die if they believe the misinformation on his show.
Then on top of that the use of racial slurs have surfaced. If he violates the public trust, and enough of the public complains and responds that they want him off the platform or his show changed in some way, then sure you can call it censorship. But it's important to dig into this. President Biden, his cabinet, and Democrat legislators are not abusing the power of their positions and booting him off Spotify. Customers of Spotify and artists on Spotify are engaging with the platform to enact change, in accordance to their values. That is a free market mechanism. And it happens every day everywhere. Especially today, people are aligning their purses with their values. And companies will have to take this into account. But again, this is free market. Something conservatives have historically championed.
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