Monday, June 18, 2012

Good censorship and bad censorship

So everybody wants to censor YouTube.  People don't like being criticized in public.

Google gets a lot of interesting requests, it appears.  Some of the requests they agreed to comply with involved threatening videos, for example.

It may be debatable whether even those should be censored by anyone, but shouldn't censorship definitely be rare?  The more we allow censorship for stupid reasons--like violating an entertainment's copyright--the easier it is to allow it for when people's feelings are hurt, or governments are embarrassed.

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