Censorship like Conservatism takes many forms and expressions; let us define our terms.
- a : the institution, system, or practice of censoring
“They oppose government censorship.”
- b : the actions or practices of censors; especially : censorial control exercised repressively
“censorship that has … permitted a very limited dispersion of facts” —Philip Wylie
- 2 : the office, power, or term of a Roman censor
- 3 : exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor
I don’t know about you but the quoted definition by Merriam Webster Dictionary is not satisfying. In school we were taught we could not use any form of the term we were defining as a part of the definition we were writing.
Let us try again; what about a legal definition?
“In its broadest sense [censorship] refers to suppression of information, ideas, or artistic expression by anyone, whether government officials, church authorities, private pressure groups, or speakers, writers, and artists themselves. . . . In its narrower, more legalistic sense, censorship means only the prevention by official government action of the circulation of messages already produced. Thus writers who ‘censor’ themselves before putting words on paper, for fear of failing to sell their work, are not engaging in censorship in this narrower sense, nor are those who boycott sponsors of disliked television shows. Yet all of these restraints have the effect of limiting the diversity that would otherwise be available in the marketplace of ideas and so may be considered censorship in its broadest sense.”
— Academic American Encyclopedia
Better if not wordy. What does the Supreme Court have to say about censorship?
“The term censorship, however, as commonly understood, connotes any examination of thought or expression in order to prevent publication of ‘objectionable’ material.”
— U.S. Supreme Court, Farmers Educational & Coop. Union v. WDAY, Inc., 360 U.S. 525, 527 (1959)
The above two quotes were taken from a discussion post on media.okstate.edu.
How about Conservatism? Before quoting anything, it should be noted this word in so-called modern, online dictionaries was so heavily biased toward the political connotation, it was almost impossible to find an objective, straightforward definition. Nevertheless, from oxforddictionaries.com
- 1 Averse to change or innovation and holding traditional values.
‘they were very conservative in their outlook’
- 1.1 (of dress or taste) sober and conventional.
‘a conservative suit’
- 2 (in a political context) favouring free enterprise, private ownership, and socially conservative ideas.
- 2.1 Relating to the Conservative Party of Great Britain or a similar party elsewhere.
‘the Conservative government’
- 3 (of an estimate) purposely low for the sake of caution.
‘police placed the value of the haul at a conservative £500,000’
The next bit deserves it’s own quote despite the fact it is from the same source:
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘aiming to preserve’): from late Latin conservativus, from conservat- ‘conserved’, from the verb conservare (see conserve). Current senses date from the mid 19th century.
The red text in the above quote is important however; it gives us a clue as to what is going on in the defining or re-defining of the English language. That is a question for another day and not the focus of this article.
The conservative voice, the one that is cautious about change, has increasingly experienced real censorship; the suppression of ideas, speech and action regarding censorship. On Wednesday February 21, 2018, Dan Bongino (@dbongino) the Dan Bongino show discussed his very real problems with Twitter the night of the 20th in Episode 660. This is what Dan had to say in the show notes;
Twitter is targeting conservatives again, I need your help fighting back. I address the ongoing media effort to silence conservative voices in the debate over firearms and public safety. ˜Dan Bongino
Tim Pool (@timcast), a YouTube content creator and live streamer has had much to say on the same subject regarding content censorship and demonitization on You Tube.
Last night Jesse over at BPEarthwatch on YouTube discussed the same problem with Twitter. Jesse admits he has a Twitter account mere weeks however; in true leadership style he talked directly to the CEO of Twitter @jack in the video and permanently deleted his account in realtime. Good for you, Jesse!
The problems of banning, shadowbanning, deleted tweets in realtime and other types of hinky activity by Twitter was a perfect storm awaiting an opportunity. There was some routine activity until Project Veritas pulled an old-fashioned gumshoe journalistic sting on Twitter. Project Veritas produced video evidence of Twitter employees detailing all of the above tactics, released on January 10, 2018. The release of this project coincided with Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe releasing his new book “Amerikan Pravda.”
The Twitter problems took a decided turn for the worse with the overnight activism of students from Stoneman High School in Parkland Florida. The students motivated by grief, fear and adult activists like Kim Russell, Women’s March executive adviser and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, head of Youth EMPOWER initiative are planning a 17 minute school walkout on March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am. The backlash against the students in FL and elsewhere calling for gun control legislation, was disappointing.
Facebook is not exempt from pressure either. In an article on ZDNet.com November 16, 2016 CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted,
“The bottom line is: we take misinformation seriously,” Facebook’s chief explained. “Our goal is to connect people with the stories they find most meaningful, and we know people want accurate information. We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously. We’ve made significant progress, but there is more work to be done.”
Perhaps you have noticed when you log into Facebook, post after carefully currated post from sources you do not follow; main stream media and “feel-good” posts clog your timeline. Posts from your actual friends and family are difficult to follow; ad-blockers are absolutely no help because these are not typical ads.
There is another problem with the overt censorship of the conservative voice and it is not a pretty one. The problem is with disciples of Messiah and their often blatant vitriol spewed at those who hold differing opinions, political views and lifestyles. This behavior flies in the face of the teachings they espouse. These who call themselves by the name of Christ do not uphold the basic teachings regarding the treatment of a stranger, let alone one’s neighbor. With increasing dismay this author has watched diciples throw invectives at the opposition with abandon. This author by way of retweeting a reasonable point in a post, has inadvertently retweeted all the bias, acrimony and hatred in the comments to follow.
The Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:30 …and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” 32 “Right, Teacher,” the scribe replied. “You have stated correctly that God is One and there is no other but Him,33 and to love Him with all your heart and with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself, which is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that the man had answered wisely, He said, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to question Him any further.”
At this time due to the automatic reposting of the comment thread, there seems little one can do to separate one’s self from the garbage that may follow. The only solution may be to screencap the tweet and repost it as an image file with one’s own, self-censored comment. For this author that is a practical impossibility. There is not enough space on the hard-drive of the tiny tablet to go to such cautious measures. The space must be reserved for personal caps in the event there is an online altercation and what is left is needed to write for Halieus Media. That is no excuse for expressions of frustration or anger. When this author feels ire rising, it is time to get off Twitter and work on our Timeline project.
Cooler heads must prevail; reasoned debate must be trademark. It is certain if diciples do not reign their tounges, flames will consume every effort to engage detractors and opposition with lightening quickness. We are our own worst enemy and will win no one to our point of view.
Note: This author broke the rule of quoting two or three witnesses(scripture) in this instance. This is the voice and speech of God among us; Emmanuel. No further witness is necessary.
- The Dan Bongino Show, Episode 660
- Tim Pool of Timcasts
- BPEarthwatch – The Purge @ Jack/Sleep Tight/Tell NP Hello
- Project Veritas on Twitter censorship policies & practices.
- The Berean Study Bible on biblehub.com
- Activists organize national school walkout after Florida school shooting – azcentral.com