"Don't Go Down The Rabbit Hole!" — Dismantling The NY Times' Pathetic Propaganda. A new article from the New York Times claims that instead of engaging with someone that challenges your worldview, you should “resist the lure of Rabbit Holes” and go to more authoritative sources such as Google and Wikipedia.
The New York Times appears to have declared war on traditional critical thinking, which they say “isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation”. Sharing the insights of “a digital literacy expert” named Michael Caulfield, the article reads as follows: Dissidents and Doublethinkers in Our Democracy - Common Sense with Bari Weiss. I know a lot of people who live in fear of saying what they really think.
In red America and in blue America — and, perhaps more so, on the red internet and the blue internet — we are in the grip of an epidemic of self-silencing. What you censor, of course, depends on where you sit. My liberal friends who live in red America confess to avoiding discussions of masks, Dominion, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, the 2020 election and Donald Trump, to name just a few.
When those who disagree with the surrounding majority speak their mind, they suffer the consequences. I think here of my friend, the conservative writer David French, who for four years endured an avalanche of horrific attacks against himself and his family for criticizing the Trump administration that ultimately required the intervention of the FBI. Why Burn Books When You Can Ban Them? Writers and Publishers Embrace Blacklisting In An Expanding American Anti-Free Speech Movement. Hundreds of publishing officials, professors, and academics have signed a petition to blacklist Trump administration alumni from receiving book deals.
It is the latest step in a rapidly expanding anti-free speech movement in the United States. “The Dirty Dozen”: University of British Columbia Professor Fired After Doxxing Students Who Dropped Her Class. We often follow controversies at universities over free speech and academic freedom issues, but few are quite so bizarre as the case of Dr.
Amie Wolf. Wolf was fired after a period of paid administrative leave due to her attacks on 12 students who transferred out of her Indigenous Education in Canada course. Wolf has since lashed out at the university and other professors, including a vulgar diatribe. She is vowing to challenge the action of the university which she insists is due to her refusal to “assimilate to the institution’s norms” as “an academic who identifies as female Indigenous.”
While I am certainly no expert on Canadian law, that would seem highly difficult on these facts if pursued as a legal action. UK's Prince Harry Demands Social Media Censorship of Americans. Britain’s Prince Harry emphasized an elitist demand for social media censorship in an interview with Fast Media this week, claiming that dissent from the western political establishment represented a threat to democracy.
“We are losing loved ones to conspiracy theories, losing a sense of self because of the barrage of mistruths, and at the largest scale, losing our democracies,” the prince claimed. Why Burn Books When You Can Ban Them? Writers and Publishers Embrace Blacklisting In An Expanding American Anti-Free Speech Movement. Raymond J. de Souza: Are we supposed to take David Lametti at his word that C-6 won't target faith leaders? Article content continued Interference with religious liberty and professional judgment is a clear danger of the bill.
So why not fix it now, instead of leaving these issues for the courts to litigate later? The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) — which is not known to be a hotbed of fevered religious bigots — suggested an innocuous amendment to protect “private conversations,” as well as “conversations with pastoral counsellors, faith leaders or religious leaders about sincerely held beliefs and the expectations flowing therefrom.” If, as Lametti says, parents, educators and religious leaders have nothing to worry about, why not accept the change as a friendly amendment and put everyone at ease?
The American Soviet Mentality - Tablet Magazine. Russians are fond of quoting Sergei Dovlatov, a dissident Soviet writer who emigrated to the United States in 1979: “We continuously curse Comrade Stalin, and, naturally, with good reason.
And yet I want to ask: who wrote four million denunciations?” John Ivison: Trudeau makes sudden course correction on freedom of speech. We apologize, but this video has failed to load.
Some Muslims might find the Charlie Hebdo cartoons distasteful, even outrageous, but the cartoonists should not be silenced, far less killed, simply for causing offence. More recently, it has been pointed out that demagogues and conspiracy theorists have used language as a vehicle for emotion, rather than meaning. Critics of Mill on the left think those trying to sow fear or promote prejudice should somehow be muzzled. But Mill argued that silencing an opinion is wrong, even if the opinion is wrong, because a marketplace of ideas will see truth triumph over falsehood. A real-life test of that theory, involving 239 million American voters as arbiters, is currently underway. The Dangers of Narrative Journalism. OPINION by Kip Hansen — 31 July 2020 “Narrative journalism is a genre of feature writing that combines rigorous reporting with fiction-writing techniques and eschews dramatic, news-making events to focus on everyday life and ordinary people. “ [ source ] “The narrative journalism style requires that the author put him – or herself into the article; thus, the piece may be written from a first-person perspective. ….
The Final Version of the EU's Copyright Directive Is the Worst One Yet. Despite ringing denunciations from small EU tech businesses, giant EU entertainment companies, artists' groups, technical experts, and human rights experts, and the largest body of concerned citizens in EU history, the EU has concluded its "trilogues" on the new Copyright Directive, striking a deal that—amazingly—is worse than any in the Directive's sordid history. Take Action Stop Article 13 Goodbye, protections for artists and scientists The Copyright Directive was always a grab bag of updates to EU copyright rules—which are long overdue for an overhaul, given that it's been 18 years since the last set of rules were ratified. Some of its clauses gave artists and scientists much-needed protections: artists were to be protected from the worst ripoffs by entertainment companies, and scientists could use copyrighted works as raw material for various kinds of data analysis and scholarship.
A dim future for every made-in-the-EU platform, service and online community Watch this space. Twitter's Micro-Slavery. This is a response to “Who Controls the Platform?
“—a multi-part Quillette series authored by social-media insiders. Submissions related to this series may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Liberal Orthodoxy and the New Heresy. I teach college in a small city in Arkansas, deep in the American Bible Belt. I am a historian of Africa and in my department that means that I also teach a world history survey. Philosophy. Why Reddit Could Be the Last Refuge for Civil Discourse. How to Remember What You Read. The Mistake You Make in Every Political Argument. How to Disagree. March 2008 The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. Free speech.
Freedom of Expression and Bias in Traditional Media. Cancel Culture. WSJ: Bonfire Of The Left. Now that the purge of conservatives from America’s intellectual institutions is almost complete, new enemies are needed, and it’s no surprise that the left is descending into mutual back-stabbing. America’s liberal intelligentsia thought the election of Donald Trump meant America would re-enact “1984,” but it’s starting to look more like “Homage to Catalonia,” George Orwell’s account of the left’s internecine savagery during the Spanish Civil War. Witness the spectacular online meltdown that followed a liberal open letter opposing left-wing attacks on free speech. The True Threat to Free Speech Is Not Twitter or Facebook, It's Politicians. You Can't Make This Up: A Speech Code that Investigates Students for Discussing the Freedom of Speech.
Senator Mark Warner Proposes the End of Free Speech – The Revenge of Hillary. Why We Should Stop Treating Free Speech as an Act of Benevolence to Others. China’s ‘social credit’ system is a real-life ‘Black Mirror’ nightmare. China’s ‘Social Credit System’ Sounds Pretty Dystopian, but Are We Far Behind? Do Britain's Muslims Have a Right Not to be Offended? Religious freedom is one of the core principles of any modern liberal society. Martin van Creveld welcomes us to the Age of the Muzzle. Summary: The West is changing. It Isn’t Your Imagination: Twitter Treats Conservatives More Harshly Than Liberals. Yale editor chillingly urges fellow Yalies to act as a 'Stasi' to monitor white males. At the Yale Daily News, East Germany had nothing on the paper's opinion editor, Isis Davis-Marks.
Heather Mac Donald: How Much More Delusional Can University Students Get? The Free Speech Crisis on Campus Is Worse than People Think. Last month Samuel Abrams, a politics professor at Sarah Lawrence College, published an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “Think Professors Are Liberal? Sarah Lawrence Professor's Office Door Vandalized After He Criticized Leftist Bias. Pseudonyms to protect authors of controversial articles. Image copyright Pic by John Cairns. Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole. In the highly controversial area of human intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are more idiots and more geniuses among men than among women. Darwin’s research on evolution in the nineteenth century found that, although there are many exceptions for specific traits and species, there is generally more variability in males than in females of the same species throughout the animal kingdom.
“I Believe in Freedom of Expression, but…” Quotation of the day on academic freedom, and campus groupthink tribalism seeking to silence disfavored viewpoints. Curtailed Speech, Diluted Due Process, and Politicized Curriculums Are Ruining Higher Education. Andrew Sullivan: We All Live on Campus Now. The Covington Debacle Shows the Founders Were Right to Distrust Democracy. California's Bill Restricting Speech Is Authoritarian. The Mob at Tucker Carlson’s Home Shows How Idealism Can Lead to Evil. Antifa Targets Tucker Carlson - Capital Research Center. New 'Hate Speech' Law Outlaws Criticism of Israeli Occupation. Why Speaking Like Pepé Le Pew May Soon Be a Crime in France. When Prophecy Fails. The Decay of Truth. Why Can't People Hear What Jordan Peterson Is Actually Saying?
Shibboleths That Exclude in the Name of Inclusion. A Professor Not to Be Pigeonholed. You'd Be Stronger If You Read More Books. Guardians of the Magnitsky Myth. Quotation of the day on giving voice to inciendary bigotry. The social justice revolution has taken the law schools. This won’t end well. Thinking. The Power and Prevalence of Virtue Signaling. Ross Cameron you have been Deleted — how the Delete-People-Tactic destroys discussion.