Last night, by email, I was warned by friends citing cases where folk (including them) have ‘transgressed’ from the terms of service, on a wide variety of platforms, and been shut down.
Only when they ask why, they aren’t getting a response.
The collective thought is ‘THEY’ are making things up on the fly as the whole cancel and woke culture, gender and LGBT whatever, religion, race, and a whole host of other previously unlisted crimes are being committed.
Which makes life a ‘little’ confusing as you never know what will offend someone, somewhere, somehow, and it seems it’s also historical entries are also being used to
hang people (whoops) I meant suspend their access.
Now I have no proof, only hearsay and irate comments on message boards I also subscribe too. Except mixed into those comments are a few (dunno what to call them, politely) who don’t exactly need banning, more like culling.
I’ve got a choice to make.
Everyone who knows me is aware that I’m not exactly politically correct, use ‘mild’ profanity, and don’t give a toss about some sectors within society.
So am I going to toe the new official, very grey, and not clearly defined line?
Sigh. And it’s been so much fun these last 27 years on various platforms. So, if I go silent key and paulsprepping goes ‘pop’, you’ll know what has happened.
Only remember this.
The Internet is the last bastion of free speech.
Even for those living under strict censorship.
It is a source of considerable knowledge.
It informed, it taught, it made governments think twice.
Now it’s not only the bad but also the self appointed guardians of human rights that are shutting down platforms, silencing voices, and censoring content. ESPECIALLY political comment, information, and protest against wrongdoing.
Some will say you can’t fight that. I sort of agree.
To take on a government is to take on a Hydra.
To kill a hydra needs a Medusa.
Which is not currently available in stores.
However, every government in the world uses mission creep to extend their controls. Soon it’ll be a case of the government policy is now this and we will target anyone who comments or objects. Perhaps to a level that everything you say and think will be scanned by AI to a set of rules provided by people who want something covered up. Like COVID was.
Thus you may want to make a choice.
Toe the official line, become subservient, and join the uninformed.
Or, stand up and be counted by using free speech before you lose it.
This is NOT a call to arms or revolution.
This is just a reminder of what you take for granted today, you might lose tomorrow.
My voice is tiny, and I know that.
Only I know that when you give in to tyranny.
Tyranny will win and others will lose.
Some of them BIG TIME.