Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:21 PM
Pryderi (6,652 posts)
Liberals being suspended on Twitter #TGDNexposed
This may be old news, but it's happened to me a couple of times the past month
Breitbots, Gulags, and Free Speech
Todd also likes to order his Breitbot attendants around when someone he doesn't like says something he doesn't like. I'm sure he's not doing what so many conservatives decry and attempting to rob people of their speech rights simply because they disagree, right? Clearly a constitutionalist like Kincannon wouldn't be out there trying to squelch people who disagree with him, would he?
Sadly, people who aren't particularly prone to get in online spats with people or fight on Twitter or in blog comments or anywhere else are being caught in the crossfire. Unlike Malkin, I place responsibility for their muzzling on Twitter, and only Twitter.
In the non-virtual public square, people occupy space. They have names. They have a presence. They may give a name that isn't the one they were born with, but that name then becomes associated with that physical presence. In a very real sense, they own what they say and do, regardless of the name they choose for themselves. That is their identity. They can be arrested with it, they can be married with it, they can speak out on public issues with it. They own all of their actions.
In the virtual public square, identity is meaningless unless you are one of the privileged few Twitter rewards with a "verified identity" marker. Those go to celebrities, musicians, brands, and journalists, for the most part. The rest of us either fight to preserve our identity or else live in a world of multiple identities. If you are someone like me, who uses one name and one account and has for nearly six years, it is disturbing to imagine that a mistake in an algorithm could silence my voice. Or yours. Or anyone's. Twitter has created a two-tier social media structure where some have identities, and others don't. As a result, some are not at risk of being silenced while others are.
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