May 9, 2016
tfw no freedoms.
In America, we feel like it could never happen.
But it’s already happening.
Regulators in Washington are showing increasing interest in tightening rules on political speech on the web, arguing that the dissonant voices enabled by “new media” have become too influential. If that effort is successful, experts wonder whether it could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives.
“The best example we can give is going back a few years to when the [Federal Communications Commission] was looking at trying to silence talk radio, which was obviously a realm of conservatism,” said Drew Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit group “Protect Internet Freedom.” He was referring to the agency’s “Fairness Doctrine,” which required broadcasters to grant equal time to opposing political candidates.
Democrats on the Federal Election Commission demonstrated a similar regulatory ambition in February, when they voted unsuccessfully to apply campaign finance laws, which are traditionally intended to govern paid political advertisements, to unpaid political accounts on Twitter.
“The Twitterverse has carved out for itself a unique and increasingly important role in American elections and political debate,” Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub wrote in support of the effort, adding that she believed it “reasonable to count Twitter profiles as among a political committee’s websites.”
No one could have predicted Jews hate freedom.
But yeah, she’s right about that.
And we simply cannot allow citizens to influence the political discourse.
This is a democracy, for the love of Yahweh.
Though the next president could have a significant impact on the regulatory landscape, neither party’s presumptive nominee has said much about the specific issues involved, with one exception of a promise by Hillary Clinton to enforce “strong net neutrality rules” should she be elected.
But with tight divisions among regulators and the high stakes involved, observers are going to be watching closely to see how the dialogue evolves.
“I could see a situation, particularly if a Democrat controlled the White House again, where you could see that sort of threat or concern regarding political speech in both new media and old,” Johnson said.
We need Donald Trump.
Otherwise, we are pretty much doomed.
Hillary is absolutely going to shut down our speech, probably with some type of gibberish like this. And if America closes up shop, the whole internet will be irrelevant.