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Censorship is dead 

Mainstream internet access in the 1990s killed the usefulness of the word “censorship” in most contexts.

We need to use better terms to understand the information economy. Not who can say something, but where and how it can be amplified, who puts it in context/mediates it, who directs our attention to it.

Censorship is dead 

@szbalint it's become one of those things where someone thinks they can stick it on something and that automagically proves that the thing it's stuck to is bad

better if we all just talked about who is threatening whom with what kind of retaliation for disseminating what information, and whose interests are those threats intended to protect

and the totality of the harm any particular threat results in and whether enough harm is spilling over to be not worth it

Censorship is dead 

@szbalint I think this could be seen as a privileged stance. Saying that censorship is dead denies that internet access isn't available to all, and governments still prohibit production or dissemination of certain works.

I agree that what you're describing shouldn't be called censorship, but we do need a new more precise term for what is being described. The terms I've seen and heard for this is shadow banning, or content suppression. IDK interesting idea

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