I'm all for intellectual freedom my nerdlets; I'm against censorship in general.
It's only through criticism and thinking things through that we can evolve, both as people and as a society.
I do my utmost to hide nothing from you.
I hope I do ok in that - please tell me if I don't.
I've always operated on a policy of honesty here. That means if I disagree with an opinion, I'm going to say it.
But that doesn't mean that my opinion is always going to be the right one.
It also doesn't mean I'm always going to succeed in keeping as open and honest as I can - I'm human, we make mistakes.
But what is censorship?
Ah, here we come to one of the trickier points my dearest nerdlets.
Where is the line between market forces and censorship? Where is the line between public safety, or child safety, and censorship? It's a fine one, I admit.
But it's one that we shouldn't be afraid of examining. Because if we truly have intellectual freedom, we wouldn't be afraid of asking questions.
To me, the censorship line comes in when you start to try to limit people's access to materials.
There's also a difference between censoring, and not promoting.
It's not censorship to decide not to review that book on your website, or feature it in a list of good books. That's just deciding not to promote it.
*I know, ironic, huh?
It's a post written about scientific data and vaccines, but the principles are pretty universal.
I'm sure all that has got your brains whirring my nerdlets, so let me know what you think!
What counts as censorship? Can censorship ever be justified? Leave a comment!
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