Mainstream Science Proving the Case for Anti-Censorship Laws
Earlier this November, Bloomberg featured an op-ed by Columnist Faye Flam, giving insight to the dangers of plastic consumption. Researchers from the Medical University of Vienna, found nine different plastics in the human subjects.
Many of these plastics are known as hormone distributors, and have unknown side effects on the human body.
This might be a strange way to promote anti-censorship, freedom of speech and the press, but it highlights the importance of protecting these rights. Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist known for starting Info wars, has recently become the poster boy for censorship in America.
It’s not just him, according to Fox News, over 800 social media accounts related to politics have been purged from the platforms. Alex Jones was effectively used as the censorship “trial balloon,” by tech-giants.
In 2015, Alex Jones had one of his most famous moments on live television. While it was based on reputable research, Jones exclaimed chemicals in the water were turning frogs gay. This blew up on the internet, with clips still circulating social media now.
In America, short of yelling fire in a crowded theatre, a person or the press can say whatever they believe to be true.
There is no doubt that this incident played into Google de-platforming info wars, as without the gay frog’s incident, many millennials wouldn’t even know the name Alex Jones. Regardless of how outlandish his information is sometimes; he honestly believes it to be true.
In a sense, Alex Jones is being censored for yelling fire in a crowded theatre. The only problem is the theatre was burning, and he noticed it four years prior to the public even acknowledging the blaze.
His delivery on the subject was harsh and placed the blame on the government. Much different than the op-ed featured in Bloomberg.
If the main stream media, is now running columns on hormone disruptors in the water supply, then we need to reevaluate how we approach censorship. With how big social media has become, one would argue that these are municipalities not private business. This would create some form of digital public space.
It should also be noted, that a 2010 study from University of Southern California Berkeley, found that common pollutants found in water could change the sex of some species of frogs. It was not a baseless claim by Jones to become and internet hit.
Censorship can be a slippery-slope, especially when it relates to politics. This goes against the core American value of freedom. Plenty of people have said way worst things than Alex Jones, and are still thriving on the air.
Take a look at the claims Sean Hannity made in his early radio career, he still has a primetime spot every night of the week.
Public opinions are changing faster than ever. Just because someone is saying something that makes a person angry, doesn’t make it wrong. It definitely doesn’t call for censorship. Nobody pushed to censor Info Wars, for blaming 9/11 on President Bush, people just thought he was crazy.
In 2018, people who believe the official story about 9/11 are becoming a rarity.
When approaching censorship, it is critical to account for these comparisons. Remember, you can always choose not to listen.