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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Censorship: My Inspiration // Mr. Turbitt: My Muse

Thanks to Jeff Turbitt the Casino Proponents now have a new slogan:

"The Saipan Casino Act Initiative: As good for Saipan as the Iraq War is for the USA! Vote "Yes" this November."

Link to source here: http://turbittj.blogspot.com/2007/09/casinos-not-poker-rooms-mv-3.html

Hell, I guess if you really think about it people going over to Iraq and those heading into a casino are in the same boat...

... both taking one hell of a gamble.

I posted a comment on his blog but rather than a good debate on the topic he has opted for censorship. Many great leaders have taken that same path, so i can't come down to harshly on him. The likes of Hitler, Kim Jong Ill, Pontious Pilate and so on have also opted to censor rather than address the issues and exchange ideas.

I have politely requested for a copy of my posted comment from Mr. Turbitt. Once he sends it over I will publish it here for each of my fellow men to peruse and decide if it was worthy of such treatment?

"I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print."

John Mortimer

And just a side note to Mr. Turbitt since he wants "nothing to do with me";

Definition of Censorship: The act of hiding, removing, altering or destroying copies of art or writing so that general public access to it is partially or completely limited.


Saipan Writer said...

I'm not sure I'd call it censorship when an owner of a blog controls content on his or her own blog, because commenters are not restricted from using the same media--namely blogger.com --to post your own content. I have to think about that some more.

I write my opinions on my blog and in others comments and get slammed repeatedly for saying them. Well, I'm not very delicate in my choice of words, the issues I comment or, or the people whose toes I step on. And it's a good thing I'm not too delicate in taking the verbal abuse that comes back.

But I do have a blog where I let people say what they want, and I haven't yet deleted any content. I might-if I felt the content was pornographic or could subject me to some type of liability for "publishing" it.

So I have people stop by to tell me I'm stupid and such, and I don't delete those comments. I like the free and open exchange of opinions. I think if we're thinking people, it helps to exchange ideas, opinions, information, "slant" and point-of-view.

So feel free to stop by and say whatever you want. If you disagree with me, I'll read your opinions and think about them. Maybe they'll change my own, or shift them ever so slightly, and maybe not.

As for linking to you--if you're on Angelo's master link, you're already linked through my blog. The (long) list of links I've got are listed for my own convenience, because I visit them pretty often (or don't want to search for them). So If I start liking your content a lot, I'll eventually add you to the list so I don't have to get to you other ways.

Pragmatic Plato said...

I too do not intend to ever for any reason other than personal liability delete posted comments.

i love a good exchange of thoughts and ideas. i do not care from what mouth (or keyboard in this instance) they are spewed.

debate on my ideas and my opinions is open. you may even attack my state of mind or resort to immature tactics. it will bother me not.

i assume that when people delete comments that challenge their own ideas it is nothing more than a showing of how narrow minded they are and how steadfast they are in their convictions, be they right or wrong. i assume that they feel they were given a gift that allows them, and them alone, the ability to decipher obnoxious and absurd comments and therefore feel obligated to remove them from the eyes of those who can not come to that same conclusion.

i must be honest. the link request on your blog was intend more to draw traffic to my site than anything else.

Silly Socrates said...

Great minds have always faced oppression and censorship, amico. They include but are not limited to Mohammed Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Churchill, Galileo, Albert Einstein, Heisenberg, you and me.

All faced opposition, spoke the truth that echoed throughout centuries...

Once again, man must be free to speak, free to engage in exchange of ideas, ideas that may not be in line with mine. Man must question. To bring about answers that gives birth to more questions. Let it not be an issue who speaks-- a child or a best friend. Let that person's message be weighed pound for pound, ounce for ounce, textually for its essential idea based purely on merits, not from whose gape it has been uttered.

Only then, can true social progress blossom before our eyes. Make that leap beyond petty politics to find truly value enhancing solutions to our pressing problems.

Alas sigh my amico, I know what I'm uttering is silly. I know that the world won't agree with me.

Because I'm Silly Socrates.

Because I'm nobody.

And in the society of ours full of great writers who identify themselves with hearts full of cold stones than rubble, who says it is far more important than what is said. While we say we espouse debate, we continue to divert from the real issue, real research, and instead resort to censoring.

Sick cycle carousel of island politics... This is the exact attitude that perpetuates our elections and everything else.

It's not what you say.

It's all about who says the stuff.

Silly Socrates.