My response to the daily prompt titled Forbidden which asks;
Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
So is there anything you are forbidden from talking about?
Here in the UK/EU the long list of things that we forbidden from talking about or mentioning seems to be growing by the day. Never forget Mother Merkel met the Facebook guy to discuss banning certain opinions on the platform and some people have already been banned/suspended for what they have said because people have complained.
How long before we are forbidden from talking about this fact? See that is always the danger. A lot of people probably aren’t aware of this because they get their news from Facebook and why would Facebook report they are working with the German/EU government to suppress certain opinions? How long before the press are forbidden from reporting these stories? Here in the UK we already have super injunctions which make it forbidden for the press to report a story. The rest of the world can, just not news organisations in the UK or British people on Twitter apparently, some people got legal threats. One judge actually said that super injunction applied to the universe, so undiscovered aliens in the Alpha Centauri system are banned from reporting on some celebrities affair. I love the judges arrogance, it wasn’t enough to make a ruling for the UK, or the EU, or Europe, planet Earth, or even our solar system, no he wanted to make a ruling that affected the universe. However that again adds to how frightening this all is.
YouTube likewise seems to be going down the forbidden route with their new Terms of Service which are ridiculously heavy-handed and make it near impossible to do a critique video.
And it is all being done in the name of not causing “offence”. Don’t these people who campaign for this crap realise that today what they are saying is acceptable but tomorrow could be deemed “offensive”? Seriously Governments must love them, so willing to give up their rights and freedoms, so easy to control and manipulate because that is where it leads. If they can control speech and what is reported they can control what you learn about, what you know about.
Once again the Daily Prompt has got a bit serious. I’m going to have to find a way to balance that out.