What Exactly Is “De-Platforming?”
I think this falls under the category of pop culture to a certain extent because it involves social media and sometimes celebrities. It’s one of those terms you usually hear in Internet circles, but not so much in the mainstream with regard to TV or print news. The media likes to keep these things a secret from those who still don’t have much Internet access. And there are still a lot of people who only get their news from cable TV. It’s sad, but true.
There are many articles out there that discuss de-platforming, but I like this one at Wikipedia the most. I think it’s succinct and accurate.
Deplatforming, also known as no-platforming, is a form of political activism or prior restraint by an individual, group, or organization with the goal of shutting down controversial speakers or speech, or denying them access to a venue in which to express their opinion. Tactics used to achieve this goal among community groups include direct action, and Internet activism. It is also a method used by social media and other technology companies to selectively suspend, ban, or otherwise restrict access to their platform by users who have allegedly violated the platform’s terms of service, particularly terms regarding hate speech.
I think it’s important to know this, and to always take into consideration that social media does censor people and they have every right to do that. I may not agree with it, but that’s how it works. As of this moment, there are no regulations and they are privately owned, so they can call their own shots as they see fit…whether we like it or not.
Here’s the wiki link, and if you do a simple search tons of pieces about de-platforming will come up. Just remember one thing, though. You may be thrilled to see someone censored and de-platformed because you don’t agree with them, but the same thing can happen to you. I think de-platforming is a very dangerous concept in general. It’s a sneaky way to condone censorship, and it happens daily on social media and most poor souls don’t even realize it.
John Travolta Mistakes Drag Queen For Taylor Swift
John Travolta has a new movie and I’ve seen him all over the Internet lately. I follow Devon Sawa on Twitter and he’s in the same movie. I don’t remember the title, but it looks interesting. I like to read Sawa’s Tweets. He’s very unusual, to put it mildly. I love the way he Tweets positive support for gay people even though he doesn’t have a clue half the time. You can’t fault someone for being supportive and having good intentions. In any event, the publicity machines are working full force and this is why we’re seeing so much of Travolta lately.
And this was amusing. Taylor Swift won an award at the MTV Music Awards and Travolta made the mistake of giving the award to a drag queen who has appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
To be fair, one can’t completely blame Travolta because Jolie is a professional Taylor Swift impersonator. So being confused for her onstage is probably the highest professional compliment one can pay her. Swift wasn’t even onstage yet; she was still making her way there.
Here’s a link, and you can check out a video of Taylor Swift, too. I’m a little surprised there aren’t any comments yet.