Daily Prompt: Forbidden

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.



13 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Forbidden”

    1. Yeah but it was the first thing that popped into my head and my rule for the Daily Prompt is to write the first thing that comes to mind, although I was a bit hesitant about posting it.

      1. You should give it ago, you’d be surprised with how creative you can get.

        Open up a blog post and get it ready before looking at the prompt though to avoid having too much time to think about it. Then just write and don’t worry about editing until you are done.

        Unless you mean because of how controversial the topic potentially is, in which case I don’t blame you for wanting to avoid it.

  1. I, oblivious American that I am, had no idea about the limitations on the press in the UK. I can see the advantages in discouraging the paparazzi, but eh…that just doesn’t sit well with me, either.

    1. Yeah discouraging the paparazzi is good, as are things that stop slander and libel, but they always run the danger of going too far.

  2. “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…”

    This made me smile… I liked the way you wrote this.

    On a serious note censorship is never good, even when they think its for people’s benefits.

    It’s sad. 😦

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