Tag: Censorship

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I was thinking of uploading a slide presentation of family photos to Vimeo but then read the following under the heading, “You cannot upload certain types of content”: No videos that are hateful, harass others, or include defamatory or discriminatory speech. Preview Open

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Censoring in the Name of Anti-Censorship

 

shutterstock_217939057Apparently, the National Coalition Against Censorship is really concerned about censorship. So concerned, apparently, that some folks agreed to sponsor a quartet of plays at the Greenwich Village’s Sheen Center for Thought and Culture as a benefit event for the group. They asked Neil LaBute to contribute a short play… and subsequently cancelled the entire event.

LaBute’s career as a playwright and filmmaker has attracted controversy since his first film, In the Company of Men, which was both about misogyny and accused of being misogynist. So it should have come as no surprise that his contribution here would be, um… different. But apparently the sponsors of the event were surprised when LaBute titled his work “Mohammad Gets A Boner.” That was too much for the New York Times, which would not print the title in its reporting, though it hasn’t had a problem with The Vagina Monologues for many, many years, the sensitive dears.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Could Charlie Hebdo Have Published in Your Country?

 

13610541.jpgThe website spiked-online.com has an interesting thought experiment: could Charlie Hebdo have published in Great Britain, that ancient bastion of free speech and an independent press?

They come to answer in the negative, because complaints from all sorts of left-wing groups would pressure organizations to refrain from carrying the magazine, and it would have gone under from lack of revenue.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I Am Not Charlie and Neither Are You

 

I am not Charlie.

If I was, I would be dead by now.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. FIRE Files Four Free Speech Lawsuits in One Morning, Launches New Litigation Project

 

Today, my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), has a big announcement about a major step in the decades-long war against unconstitutional speech codes at America’s public colleges and universities. Below is my statement from FIRE’s press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.:

Twenty-five years ago we had reason to think that the “temporary insanity” of campus speech codes had come to an end.

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As my fellow gamers are no doubt already aware, E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is taking place in Los Angeles this week. Traditionally, E3 is where console makers present their yearly plans to the public, as well as where game developers and publishers reveal upcoming products. The press loves it, so that advertising potential plays […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Outrage Brigades Attack MSNBC, SNL — Jon Gabriel

 

The vigilant PC watchdogs of MSNBC took a 60-second break from fretting about racism to ring in Cinco de Mayo. An early morning host honored Mexico’s proud victory over the French by stumbling around the studio in a sombrero, shaking maracas and taking a swig from a cheap bottle of tequila.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Censorship is Coming! New Jersey College Silences a Professor Over a ‘Game of Thrones’ T-shirt — Greg Lukianoff

 

Bergen Community College in New Jersey has placed professor Francis Schmidt on leave and is requiring him to meet with a psychiatrist before returning to campus—all for posting this picture of his daughter in a T-shirt quoting the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Protip from Dartmouth Student to UCSB and Stanford: Run Over Free Speech with Your Car — Greg Lukianoff

 

Being offended is what happens when you have your deepest beliefs challenged. And if you make it through four years of college without having your deepest beliefs challenged, you should demand your money back.

I have been saying that in speeches on campus for more than a decade. Even though the line often gets a laugh, the idea that students have a “right not to be offended” seems more entrenched on campus than ever.