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Internet censorship

Censorship of any kind should raise the hackles of artists, and internet censorship is an especially serious subject for artists who must use technology to make a living in the 21st century. Imagine you post a work of art that authorities say is pornography? It could happen to any artist young or old.  “You know it when you see it” is the Supreme Court’s way of defining porn. Now imagine authorities saying not only are you a pornographer, but you also lose your privilege to use the internet. Goodbye revenue source, hello “Starving Artists Anonymous.”

Is that just a silly conspiracy? It’s interesting what conspiracies (or plots and plans) we subscribe to and which we do not. Here’s an interesting article about the use of  ridicule and propaganda to protect the State and powerful elite when their plots are uncovered.

The bottom line is that the power of the state is used to crush criticism of major government policies and actions (or failures to act) and high-level government officials.

Pay attention, and you’ll notice that criticism of “conspiracy theories” is usually aimed at attempting to protect the state and key government players. The power of the state is seldom used to crush conspiracy theories regarding people who are not powerful . . . at least to the extent that they are not important to the government.


February 15, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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