Squaring the Culture

"...and I will make justice the plumb line, and righteousness the level;
then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
and the waters will overflow the secret place."
Isaiah 28:17

07/26/2008 (3:14 pm)

Internet Brownshirts Protect Obama From Critics

I can see why the Obama campaign would not like the video that follows. It draws attention to the most frightening aspect of Obama’s campaign, the quasi-religious feel that has its roots in cynical Chicago power-broker politics. However, what we’re seeing in response to such things is even more frightening; internet Brownshirts moving to prevent people from seeing the video. In this instance, apparently Obama supporters on the internet organized to flag the video en masse as “offensive,” with the result that one has to verify one’s age just to view it on YouTube.

So, I’m offering the video embedded here on my blog in an effort to counter the mob rule tactics of the hard left. The embed should skirt any content filters.

Make no mistake; this sort of behavior will have the full support of an Obama presidency, in fact if not necessarily in word. As the video’s author observes at Cake Secret, this is not the first time we’ve seen censorial attacks from the Obama campaign. I drew attention to a similar event myself not long ago. The Clintonistas noted attacks like this during their primary campaign, and now we’re seeing it in the general election; it seems characteristic of Obama’s supporters. This is most emphatically not how democratic institutions get protected.

So, do your duty for liberty, and watch the video, Building a Religion.

The video itself is clever, ominous, and cynical. The two images of coke lines (which make an implicit accusation for which there is only disreputable support) would probably earn this an R rating from the MPAA, so it’s not entirely wrong to call it inappropriate; however, while I support content-based filtering, I’m also completely sure that is not why the video was flagged. In fact, I’d willingly make a large wager that if you could get them to answer honestly (which is doubtful), most of the people who flagged this as offensive would argue on other topics that content censorship is inherently wrong.

To add one of my pet peeves: please don’t call what they did “censorship.” Censorship is defined as content editing by a governmental entity. This is content editing by a mob, which is something different, and in fact more frightening.

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July 27, 2008 @ 9:20 am #

This reminds me of amazon.com where people haven’t learned the difference between “unhelpful” and “disagree”. There, when you vote on someone’s book review, you are asked to determine whether the content of the review was “helpful” or not. The idea is that regardless of whether you happen to agree with the reviewer’s perspective, you could still find a review helpful if it explains what the book is about, why it is worth reading, etc.

But of course it never works this way in practice. No matter how pathetically lacking in detail and thought the review is, it will get positive votes if others agree with the reviewer’s conclusion, and negative votes if others disagree.

In the same way, Obamasites apparently cannot distinguish between political commentary and “offensive” content. To them, not accepting the man lock, stock, and barrel is to be “offensive.

The love affair with this man’s hot air is indeed religious fervor. I find the attempt to control what we see and know of him by his handlers very Orwellian.

July 28, 2008 @ 8:33 pm #

I can’t see the video.

(Webmaster notes: must be something wrong with your machine. I can see it fine here.)

October 1, 2008 @ 5:11 pm #

[…] thuggery that’s been mysteriously afflicting web sites that are critical of Obama (see here, here, and here for reminders). Do I think the Obama campaign instigated those? I don’t really know; […]

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