Is Censorship ever justified and what this means to you, the author.

Controlling the voices, and opinions, of others

Censorship by any other name
Censorship by any other name | Source
We are judged by what comes out of our mouths, not by what goes into it
We are judged by what comes out of our mouths, not by what goes into it

Postscript and Prelogue

Postscript (to the article in question**) and Prologue (to this one)

Constricting an author's points of view to make more profit from their works; and thwarting truth and realism to increase saleability is counter intuitive to any author's creativity.

The reason ads were disabled on this hub is because of the link provided regarding p----------n in this country (we are not allowed to say this word in public it might be offensive to some readers)

Viewer friendly content

An article was recently published on this site that required being ''updated and edited'' (at the behest of H.P.) with the intention of making it more "viewer friendly".

A polite and discretionary explanation was offered as to why this article was not allowed to have ads placed on it by Google.

  • Censure-ship by any other name is still Censorship.

Apparently, with the prevailing hypocritical moralistic attitude of the pseudo religious in this country it is deemed best to sweep things under the carpet rather than meet them head on, discuss their relevance, and work together to find a solution to resolve our societal problems.

Some rules to live by

With the new 'rules' imposed by Google the ads may be disabled on this article as well.

(As they subsequently have been).

Apparently, the new rules and regulations are designed to censure subjects that they find ''unsuitable'' for viewing by the 'innocent' and/or 'naive' general public.

In the real world these "censured" subjects are quite common place in every society, as seen every day on the streets, in our schools, theaters, and 24 hours a day on our television sets.

Anyone who thinks they can shield themselves, or their children, from these realities are living in a dream world of fantasy that is promulgated by the narrowness of their religious beliefs.

Advertising is disabled on a hub based on moderator review; when deemed "not suitable for advertising"....which means the hub contains "sensitive subject matter".

"Sensitive" matters

The following are the unsuitable, 'sensitive' matter as described by Google, and reinforced by Hub Pages:

"In partnership with our advertising partners, we've identified below some areas that are not suitable for advertising but that, at our discretion, we may allow to remain published without ads:

1. Reproductive medical content (including vaginal and penile issues and sexually transmitted diseases)
  • {body parts that children, or the 'innocent', should never be exposed to}
2. Content about sexuality, including losing your virginity, fetish, or LGBT issues
  • Such subjects apparently should be hidden from public view even though they are certainly a realistic part of our society, whether we like it or not.
3. Content about abortion, circumcision, genital mutilation, rape, incest, pedophilia, and molestation.

4. Content describing violent crimes or gruesome accidents

5. Lewd or profane humor, including provocative double entendre

6. Restrained journalistic or fine art nudity."

I don't know about anyone else, but this sure seems like censorship to me. Plain and simple.

Puritanical points of view

These are nothing more than puritanical conservative points of view that are not based on any kind of reality in the 'real' world.

I suspect these rules are defined to create hub articles that are more narrowly pointed toward conservative christian right wing values and/or toward articles that are most likely to produce monetary value/profits/ income than they are toward real life venues.

Designed to dissuade people like me who promote, and cherish knowledge, freedom of thought, and equality for every citizen, from spreading my "liberal agenda".

Apparently, there seems to be some validity to the belief that if you "speak" the words "gay", "liberal", "rape", "abortion" and others mentioned above it might be contagious, or at best "un-American".

After all, the new republicans have already banned by legal decree, the word "homosexual" from some schools, and the word "uterus" from being spoken in the House of Representatives, and the banning of critical thinking from schools in Texas.

Soon we will see our prisons being overloaded with those of us to speak the language of liberalism, progression, equality, and freedom.

What is this country turning into?

by: d.william 09/18/2013

© 2013 d.william

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Justin Little 3 years ago from Clinton, Connecticut

The problem with censorship is that, to be anything near efficient, it tends to ignore the context of offensive ideas and place blanket bans on everything. There is a difference between a pornographic display of sex and a frank, serious discussion of sexuality in media, but it's just easier to ban based on keywords alone.


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AlexK2009 3 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

There is nothing to stop you writing about such topics on a private page and if it becomes popular taking ads. This is not censorship in terms of banning the topic, unless a hub is removed. I am sure that such topis will be allowed on say Triond, Wordpress or blogspot. If you feel strongly enough about these topics you will write without expecting reward.

It seems to me that banning ads on pages about such topics is missing a huge market opportunity.

I think the censorship, though this i snot quite the right word, is not due to public opinion but because the people imposing these limits feel uncomfortable about these topics. probably being afraid of their own inclinations. Since Google is effectively the dominatrix in the search field their hangups get spread around.

I note also that banning topics like these leads to the idea that banning expression of politically and religiously dissident opinions is acceptable. I recall that China imposed its censorship as a way of preventing "pornography.... and subversive literature"

Given that HP is no longer dependent on Google for ad revenue, at least based on my experience where ad revenue is about 1% of what I get from HP, I am surprised these restrictions remain. Perhaps HP needs to introduce an "Adult" or "Controversial" category. Or even several similar modifiers to existing categories.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Justin:

Thanks for reading and commenting. Unfortunately you are correct. But their blanket censorship is anti truth, and anti reality. But mostly designed to pacify the conservative religious dolts who complain about using such vulgar terms as 'piss' and 'shit' as if they were somehow an offense against their Gods.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Alex:

Thanks for your comments. And i do agree that even though H.P. bans advertising, many of my articles that have been denied 'ads' have more views that those that do not. I guess, it is just the principle of the thing, to have anyone make such judgments based on the narrow mindedness of a few people for fear that these subject matters might offend their religious/conservative readers. And somehow by denying these ads they are agreeing with the minority.

by the Way: if i were writing on H.P. for profit sake only i would be in the poor house.

I am branching out away from H.P. to see if i can find a broader audience for my babblings, but have no expectations of making any substantial income from them.

I think Google has more influence on H.P. than people care to admit. It is all about them making money, certainly not to promote any legitimate journalism.


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AlexK2009 3 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Yes, d.william, they are afraid. At the moment I do not need to worry about making money from writing or photography, but I hope it will build up to a decent second income over time. Since impression income is dependent on how long people take to read my stuff, I find income a good adjunct to HP's stats page.

However HP does give me a fairly stable audience. I am thinking about doing more on WordPress but my spare time has shrunk a lot recently and I sense an upturn in HP's traffic


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i scribble 3 years ago

I'm so glad you wrote about this. I experienced the same thing-disabled ads- on a light-hearted hub I wrote, My Quirky Bucket List. I had a couple of PG rated, I suppose 'lewd humor' comments in it. I didn't care about the disabled ads cuz my writing doesn't make money anyway. But around the same time, my profile score began to bleed and it hasn't stopped bleeding. Finally, I gave in and took off the objectionable content, yet my profile score still bleeds. I wouldn't care about that either, but maybe people turn away from reading my stuff thinking it means I'm a poor writer. The quality of my writing hasn't changed; just the HP formula for rating. Has your profile score been dropping?

This is a timely topic and needed to be addressed. You make some great points here.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Alex:

I am happy that you see an upturn in HP traffic to your hubs. The traffic to mine has noticeably declined. But i attribute that to the content of my articles. Being anti conservative and anti religion certain has a negative impact on anything published along those veins here on H.P.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

iscribble:

Thanks for reading and commenting. And i agree with you about not really caring about the ads being disabled on my hubs - it is just the principle of it that matters to me.

We supposedly live in a semi-educated society of 'informed' adults, and yet people act as if they recently stepped out of the dark ages with their religious fear of their wrathful gods.

I don't put much stock in the profile scores either. I went from a 98 to below 70 with all the new changes being made. I am now recovering, and hovering, at around 85-86.

To be perfectly honest about it, i believe there is a clique that runs H.P. and if you don't belong to that clique they keep your score at a lower rate (perhaps to make themselves look better, who knows).

I have also decided that those who do the censoring are of the same mindset of the die hard religious believers - in the sense that they believe it is their duty to pass judgements on others based on what their own particular sets of beliefs happen to be.

I write here because it is an outlet for me, and a learning experience. Now that i am branching out it is with a better understanding of how to write more effectively and attract more readers.


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AlexK2009 3 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Well I am anti conservative and have little time for organised religion of any stripe, but I try to make my points subtly.

Anyway, HP is a good place to learn and build up an audience. The scores and accolades etc tend to be nice ot have but not too meaningful.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Alex:

That is funny. ".....i try to make my points subtly".

Subtlety has never been one of my stronger points when it comes to discussing religion and/or radical politics from either party.

When ignorance is so deeply ingrained that it overshadows logic i have little time for subtlety, and often have to forgo politeness as well.

Trying to combat ignorance with finesse is generally and most assuredly a losing battle. L.O.L.

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