Media malpractice as Wikipedia labels free expression forum ‘far right’

As people who don’t like censorship leave Twitter to join Parler, what I view as media malpractice is occurring. I am not surprised. Continue reading “Media malpractice as Wikipedia labels free expression forum ‘far right’”

Google threatens to boot US publication after censoring critics of China Communist Party

Google again took action to disenfranchise a US publication if news reports are correct. The search/ad/YouTube etc. behemoth, having received a report about the Web site The Federalist, threatened sanctions—loss of revenue from advertising—if offensive comments weren’t removed.

That’s right. If the comments weren’t acceptable to Goo, whack ‘em. Continue reading “Google threatens to boot US publication after censoring critics of China Communist Party”

Big double standard as radio ‘presenter’ goes full book burner over ‘Fairytale’ song

Still snip from 'Fairytale of New York' with Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.
Still snip from ‘Fairytale of New York’ with the late Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues on YouTube.

I’ve praised the song “Fairytale of New York” (The Pogues) for quite some time. I know the lyrics. I know there’s a term in there that in the USA, is derogatory if it’s used to insult a gay person, but not derogatory if a gay person uses it to describe a fellow gay. You still with me on this double standard thing?

As a matter of fact, ‘faggot’ isn’t the only derogatory word in music, but at present, it’s the only word getting attention. Sadly if that’s your primary takeaway from this epic song, you’re cheating yourself. A person described as a BBC radio “presenter” banned this song because of a single word. Continue reading “Big double standard as radio ‘presenter’ goes full book burner over ‘Fairytale’ song”

How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?

The European Union, a work of art itself in many ways, is addressing what media refer to as “copyright reform.” The consensus on doing this seems to be that the digital age requires such reforms and artists aren’t getting what they deserve for their content. Advocates include Paul McCartney, although it’s hard to accept he hasn’t gotten gobs of money without copyright reform. Web titans like Google and Facebook will be impacted, and so will anyone in the US working on music, blogging, news writing, and in other genres.

Why? Continue reading “How will new EU copyright regulations impact US musicians, bloggers, and others?”

Against all odds, after successful release, ‘Gosnell’ film goes to DVD

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer became a film against all odds. Why? The subject matter is one of the most debated political topics in the nation.  Continue reading “Against all odds, after successful release, ‘Gosnell’ film goes to DVD”