Facebook, Censorship, and Free Speech
I’ve seen many articles and posts about Facebook’s most recent attempt to censor, but this article seems to cover the entire free speech issue well. It’s not about politics or how you feel. This is truly about the concept of free speech.
The issue is much simpler: Do you trust Mark Zuckerberg and the other young lords of Silicon Valley to be good stewards of the world’s digital speech?
I think what bothers me the most is that social media takes it upon themselves to define hate speech, and adult content, for the rest of the world. That’s wrong. I actually have a more pragmatic view. I remember when they were censoring LGBTQ status updates on Facebook. The only thing we can do is tread with care on Facebook, and not take them very seriously.
Here’s the link.
Singaporean Singer Wils Comes Out
Here’s a nice story about an entertainer from Singapore who recently came out in public with a music video.
“About two years ago, I was trying to write a couple of songs, and I just felt like I couldn’t be myself, being in the closet,” Wils explains in a new Billboard interview. “I felt like it just affected a large part of my life, like hanging out with friends and family, I was just constantly living in a lie.”
These stories never get old for me. I respect and celebrate every single one.
Here’s the link to more.
LGBTI Star Wars Fans
This article is about LGBTI fans of Star Wars, and how they relate to it with respect to identity. Admittedly, I’m not a huge die-hard fan. I like it, but I wouldn’t stand in line too long to see it. I do know some serious fans, though.
‘My parents introduced me to the Original Trilogy as a child,’ recalls Dmitri, a gay Star Wars fan. ‘The Phantom Menace came out in theaters when I was 4 and I saw that. I’ve kept watching them in theaters ever since. I also kept up with The Clone Wars TV show.’