Friday, September 12, 2008

Say It Ain't So YouTube...

YouTube has announced that it will no longer allow "videos that incite violence, in addition to videos that contain hate speech and gratuitous violence." This was voiced by Joe Lieberman as a "win" for America. He said that YouTube was a place where Islamic Terrorists were inciting attacks around the world.

Sad. Why do we need the First Amendment? To guarantee the rights of Islamic Terrorists, Nazis, and other scumbags to say what ever they want, with out fear of government reprisal. If you don't like some one's ignorant ravings, click on the video of the horse kicking the guy in the nuts. That is always good for a laugh.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Ok lets take a look at that... hummm Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech or the press... Hummmm... Well I guess it depends on the definition of "no.".. Nah that won't fly, too Clintonesque.

The fact is, Google should have told Joe to pound sand. He had no legal leg to stand on, nor would the charge fly in the Supreme Court. Even under the abomination called the "Patriot Act."

Freedom dies when good men say nothing in the face of evil. Shame on Google.

Guy getting kicked in the nuts by a horse


Daniel said...

Sweet Fancy Moses, Matt and I finally agree on a topic:

That was a great horse kick. :)

aegix said...

But this has nothing to do with Congress, Matt, this is a business making the decision.

Nonetheless, it is a somewhat interesting aspect of the capital world. When you have large, almost monopolistic retailers/providers of certain products or services and they have a similar "policy" they almost become law makers in of themselves.

Take Blockbuster when they were fast becoming the only means of renting videos; moving the independent stores out. They started curtailing the kinds of movies (anything that was "too something" - too pr0nographic, too violent, too special interest). Same thing with Walmart and their music selection - lots of albums which weren't properly sanitized for our precious youth were deemed inappropriate.

Both were overtaken by other competitors - Netflix and iTunes in particular (or the Internet being able to connect niche marketers to their core customers in general).

In the short term, this may sound bad, but YouTube doesn't have the monopoly on streamed videos, so I can't see this as something major. Someone else will surely fill that void if it exists.

Natto Ninja said...

Ordinarily, I would agree with you Luke, but not in this case.

Though YouTube/Google is a private business they made the decision based upon pressure from the Government representative, Joe Lieberman.

Google should have stood up for the rights of the people, they did not. They caved in to the pressure from the Government.