Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information. This may be done on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or "inconvenient". Censorship can be conducted by governments, private institutions, and other controlling bodies.
Today, I tried to send a link through FB Messenger and an odd thing happened. The link wouldn't send.
Sent: 12:14 PM (today 8/14/21) and unsent: December 31, 1969 at 7:00 PM.
The link was a podcast about the CDC phone surveys going out to parents across the country. (It was disturbing if true.) The phone surveys are real (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/nis/index.html) It piqued my curiosity and I listened. I tried to share it with someone who I've had these discussions with previously. Oops, guess I am not allowed to do this on the FB forum.
Every day I'm bombarded on tv, radio and social media about our health, the virus, and treatment. Pure psychological manipulation and appeal at its finest. Its dividing families, friends and a nation. I sometimes feel like I've stepped into a movie set.
This isn't about pro or con shots (that's your personal choice but the erosion of our right to free speech in the name of the greater good. Those that are truly aware are those that have tried to speak out. The result - they are censored and removed from social media platforms. Their words cannot be heard unless searched for on alternative (non-mainstream outlets) and if you seek answers and doubt the mainstream, you're labeled conspiracy theorist.
How do we know what's for the greater good if we cannot look at the data and decide? Look at our legal system, its an adversarial system with both sides presented and based on facts, and a decision is rendered. Why can't we look at both sides?
In life, what we see, read and hear influence our thoughts, opinions and decisions. That is a fact. Some accept the information because its on the news, its on FB, and its endorsed by the government and authoritative individuals, groups and organizations. Others what to know more.
... expression may be restricted only if it will clearly cause direct and imminent harm to an important societal interest. The classic example is falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater and causing a stampede. Even then, the speech may be silenced or punished only if there is no other way to avert the harm.
The right to free speech is limited (see left) for one permitted restriction, and the one relevant to today's increasing censorship.
We are in a vicious cycle right now because someone: the government? has determined the solution and this solution is the only way and any deviation from it will cause "imminent harm" to society at large. Those opposed are labeled outcasts, discredited and silenced.
This isn't a movie theater and no one is shouting fire. We are talking science. If the science is strong, then let people try to poke holes in it, let them point out the flaws and inconsistencies and the science will either stand on it's own or need reevaluation for improvement and further research. Are there holes no one wants us to see?
Are the people considered too ignorant to make choices on their own?
There are just too many questions unanswered and the implementation of censorship just adds to the list of unanswered questions.
What if we are curious to learn more? Why have innumerable measures been put in place to prevent us from learning all sides? What is going on?? I wish I knew.
After a search on censorship, here are the first links that came up:
And of course - I can't forget the link that started this all - that messenger would not let me share. It's disturbing. I am guessing there is a lot of speculation and interpretation of events but I still have the right to know and determine for myself what I believe or don't.
Just a few things to think about.