Definition of censorship
Original post made by Censorship is on Oct 25, 2012
Bill Johnson says:
"But please don't use innuendo about our editing practices (which, by the way, is not "censorship"). "
Definition of censorship:
'Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body."
Note the inclusion of media outlet (now some people do not consider the weekly to be a "media outlet", but that is for another discussion.). Bill can say it is not censorship, but it is IMHO
My opinion is that the endorsements and the editing of discussions on said topics are carried out in the best interests of the Weekly and not the city as a whole.
on Oct 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Nora Charles is a registered user.
I enjoy reading the comments, ALL the comments, no matter what the writer's views. Certainly obscenities should be removed, but it's enlightening to know what people are really thinking about the issues. When so many comments are removed (as on some threads) it defeats the whole purpose of such a forum.
on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm
village fool is a registered user.
Nora - I too want to read. Having said that I can totally see why comments about kids/families are being cut. Another example/dilemma is the Boys Scouts thread providing prior to being cleaned (censored?) a glimpse to some frightening perspectives. I agree that some had to be cleaned, as a segment of the population was addressed in a very insulting way, but there is no trace now to - what is going on here, perspectives I thought belong to another time and place.
I'm actually pretty curious as to why thread is available only to logged in users?
on Oct 26, 2012 at 9:43 am
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
"why thread is available only to logged in users?"
I suspect that is because registered users have identified themselves to the Editors in advance and are using the same user name every time that they post - and that, statistically, registered users are more civil and less prone to 'flaming'.