There’s this new group called Google Ideas, for those who haven’t already heard. They have a large proportion of the social justice wankers getting together to “support free expression while fighting harassment.” They seem utterly immune to the fact that you cannot do both. I know that that sounds like a very bold claim to make, but it’s true all the same. I am going to outline why. This post is going to be not so much a response to an article as a response to some stupid ideas that these people have about free expression that need to be challenged.
There was this great episode of The Simpsons where Marge goes after the makes of the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon for the violence, after Maggie decides to take something she saw there and apply it to Homer’s head. It was a very good episode. See, after Marge successfully gets them to change the show, her views are then challenged when the statue of David comes to Springfield. The same people she stood with were now demanding that they put pants on the statue, so kids wouldn’t see David’s non-aroused penis. Marge viewed this as wrong, believing the statue to be a work of art. Which in turn led her to fighting against her own cause. The episode showed that both free expression and fighting to make sure that no one was offended both have downside. The downside of censorship is that ideas and independence are crushed and the world becomes generic, stale, and nothing is even a little imaginative. Free expression has the downside of producing a lot of garbage. Like, a lot of garbage. So much garbage. Just look at the plethora of stuff posted on YouTube every day. It’s 99.9999999% garbage. But that’s how free expression works. You get the good with the crap.
Google Ideas has this strange idea that you can get the best of both worlds. It’s not true. At all. Either you support free expression, or you can “fight against harassment.” Because if people have free expression, mean things are going to get said. Do I believe that that means that stories like that one about the girl in Canada who got pictures of her rape put online is okay? No. That was a crime. If a criminal act is involved, I think that there should be a point where it is too far. But even then, it’s still a gray area. I acknowledge that. We have to take things as they come. When the pictures of Amber Lynn Schraw’s naked and strangled body were posted on 4chan, was I cool with that? No. I went after Brianna Wu, when she tried to profit off that senseless act of violence. It’s the reason that I think she’s a profoundly terrible person. But enough about her. When I see a video the ones that Nicole Arbour is now infamous for, do I think those should be removed? Not at all. Vile as that skank is, she has the right to her opinion, and to put it out in the public square.
But that’s not how the social justice crowd see it. What’s more, those are the type of people that Google Ideas has working with them. In a picture that is making the rounds of their contributors, you see Anita Sarkeesian (the con artist), Zoe Quinn (the sad victim who needs to accept that no one gives a shit about her anymore), and Randi Harper (BIG Sister) all standing there. So, they got a charlatan, a has-been, and someone who is pro-censorship. These are the people who they want talking about free expression? The first two being people who went before the United Nations and made a case that governments and Internet providers should be censoring the Internet? That’s who? Wow. That’s impressive. I guess Google Ideas hasn’t reached self-awareness yet. Either that, or just like how Ubisoft decided to have a transgender character in Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Google Ideas thought – hey, let’s get in these social justice people! They’re the ones with all the ideas, right? Who better to talk about free expression than them? People obviously want to hear what they have to say, since they are talked about so much. Easy marketing. Google Ideas is either stupid, or greedy. Regardless, this is the path they chose.
The aforementioned episode of The Simpsons ended with Marge realizing that what she was trying to do was a double-edged sword. She can’t justify wanting to curb one area of free expression while championing another. It’s a good lesson to learn. One that Google Ideas either hasn’t learned, or simply doesn’t care to learn. We are living in an interesting age. Free expression is under attack again, this time from the gender activists who want to stop women from being “victimized” in any way. Even if that way is, as happened with Marge, by putting them on the spot and having them be forced to defend their ideals to the public at large. There will never come a day when Anita, Randi, or Quinn will be forced to be in a room and answer for what they’ve said or done. The video from Google Ideas about Crypt Keeper Wu had the comments disabled. So all that free expression stuff was…what, exactly? Bullshit? We can only express freely if other people approve? That’s how it works now?
I would have said this to Marge, and I’m saying it to Google Ideas now – you don’t get to make that distinction. Either free expression means something, or it doesn’t. Don’t like people’s ideas? Don’t put it out in a marketplace for ideas. Don’t like someone’s opinion, don’t put it out in a space where they can see it. Get a private message board just like the rest of the SJW echo chamber. That’s what it’s there for. These people are marketing themselves on a false pretense. I don’t mod comments. If you come here and want to argue that I’m wrong, take all the time you need. I’ll be here.
Until next time, a quote,
“Where would an innocent child get the idea to attack her father with a mallet?” -Marge Simpson, The Simpsons