It's a sad death of an era...
Free speech, actually. You might want to remember this, as it won't last much longer... especially here in Canada.
Cherry was a classic case. (he's a mouthy hockey coach on th CBC) One mention of a player being french and useless and BAM.. a 5 second delay slapped on him so they could STOP any of that nonsense from ever getting out again.
It was offensive, eh? Can't let THAT happen.
Tamil.com got pulled off the nets... they were terrorists. (along with ALMOST any dissenting opinion. from the ruling parties PC platform)
Pulled. Gone. So were gay ebullition boards.... and a few other things. child-porn, gambling, trading information, spam.... STILL proliferate.
libel laws got applied to blogs... including senators who forged their resumes and had THAT news promptly pulled off the air, blogs and public consumption.
Hate-literature restrictions got applied to free thought. (ask any neo-Nazi. they were first. But ask a Palestinian too, because they weren't last.)
Take-down notices were enforced without notice. DRM. Youtube.
first complaint extermination, no appeal, facebook.
libel laws in the (private) living room, ala taped conversations (BC case)
trade-mark laws being used to shut down parody cases. (can-west's latest effort to squash parody.)
Air farce going off the air... their last show was friday. (dec 19th /08 ), another sad day for free speech, comedy and political satire.
Fair comment , free speech, and an open society?
Not for long. Not as long as their's money to be made in hate.
the anatomy of human destructiveness (Eric Fromm) come to mind.. Those not getting their satisfactions from the higher levels of creativity turn instead to the drama of destruction.
Idle hands being the devils play-ground, etc...
Onna practical political level, hate is simple enough for anyone to do, and you can make people think it's work, too.