The problem with censorship. Why America frowns on it. Gettysburg Address.
The top one is acceptable PC
Copyright is all the talk for writers.
But a much more serious issue is Censorship. Censorship is dangerous. Voting on censorship with your wallet is the best way to go. Censorship of "free" speech is dangerous. If they steal your copyright - they steal a work. If they steal your right to write they steal your soul. I am just as much in the soul business as the writing business.
I spend years - yes years, to teach young people how to express themselves in their spirituality. Sometimes it is like pulling teeth. Especially with my group of youngsters. In their family Asian culture they are adored but have no voice. And my group's family comes from communism where freedom of speech is a very low priority. They kind of loose perspective about the fact that many of the grandpa's died fighting for that freedom and others.
Back to adult "writers".
I see just too many writers these days that conform entirely to much and still think of themselves as writers. Yes publishers and editors are correct to assert control and try to get writers to fit into boxes. But so many writers, as in the vast majority, are censoring themselves.
Two area's seem very troublesome. The first is this notion of grammar police. Grammar is not a boss of writers. It is a normalcy. A writer who conforms to normalcy has nothing new to say and indeed no new way to say it. Writers are required to test the limits of grammar, spelling and punctuation along with the limits of what we say. How we say something speaks volumes. Immature folk who have not yet been suppressed in their writing style do not get this point. Most senior editors and publishers do get it. And machines and algorithms are ruling the day.
The second censorship that is troubling is the "offensive" police. I offend some notions. You should also. Some notions need to be offended. And to each their own.
Let us try a fun exercise: You are mentally fat and do nothing creative and in fact suppress your creativity in order to exploit a money making system. That should be offensive to many readers. Why? Because it is true. You see that kind of harsh speech should not be censored because it is offensive. By golly! It is meant to offend and should offend and should for sure be considered appropriate. Men were hanged because the offended white slave owners --- get the point?
I had a guy just plain outright lie on a forum -- I had the metrics to prove it. He insisted that he had read something that the metrics proved he could not have read. So I called him a liar because he was. I got banned. Because calling someone a liar is unacceptable. But him lying with proof he lied was acceptable. That my friends is the censorship we need to worry about. No not censoring the word lying or liar but making the writer feel fearful to use such truth words.
That is an evil censorship --- but wholly acceptable when the censorship is merely and solely financially appropriate. Get it. I can cuss and swear over at my wordpress. But you just cannot do it on a "writer's" publication, it is bad for business. People censor with their pocket book. I think that is a very very very good thing.
Sorry but this song is wrong and really wrong. That first "star" we see each night is a planet. Get over it.
Is the truth important to you.
I had a journalist best buddy. He is dead. Killed by politics. Do you respect Journalism?
You make a living off of writing? But only worry about your copyright?
If you do not stand up and be counted on these commercial sites then you condone censorship. Assume that the words censored are against your point of view. And so you agree. Shame on you. Assume you are offended by words and act upon it. Shame on you. To tell you the truth you offend me.
I am a hardcore Christian. I study the traditional religious view but I maintain that all scripture is and must be interpreted through an understanding of love. I have great reverence and belief in scripture. I have a fine and sensitized belief in traditions of man as doing the best we can. When you attack a Christian idea I am crazed and incensed.
But I really really want you to be able to state your opinion. Even though it may be harsh on me personally or my beliefs. I in fact need you to be able to so that i can express mine. It is not a social norm or nation given right. It is your human responsibility to state your mind and sometimes offend me and mine. I look at offense like others look at recognition. You are a writer and must do the same.
You even say; I am not a writer as you write your comment or even think it but are afraid to write it.
This is not a place to lay your head!
For those of you who worry - no need our editors and publishers will keep this from being featured.
Duty and honor. This will mean more to those from India, China and Vietnam. You believe you have a right to publish. Well you do. Why? Because men and women like me make sure you do. We push envelopes and risk our finances in order to keep boundaries safe for a writer. It may seem like nothing to you but I am old on the internet. Find anyone else with credential pre-2000 and you will find people who fought for your freedom. The early years were hard. http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/icann/publicparticipation/ We worked our butts off so you would not be "politcally restrained? And against all odds we won.
I flew around the world to demand presence of "dotcommoners". http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/icann/melbourne/archive/physpart.html
You say: "What is this an Eric Dierker self aggrandizement? I tell you that no it is not. But I tell you that you were not born with a right to write on the internet. We had to fight tooth and nail for that right. And now you give it up to write for money.
Let me close up with a soft hearted memo!
You will never see guys like me. That is not what we do. But papers that we write will in fact go before judges and be debated regarding you freedom of speech. Your thanks are almost meaningless. But your actions are not. Vote with your pocketbook and make rulings of your own. I will fight for the next novelist to use the "N" word. I will work for a fraction of my fee. I will quote precedent and prepare briefs for your right to write. And I will spend countless hours defending and promoting our right to speak openly and without censor.
I say all that to ask this and this little favor. Please speak you mind and make our work worth our love for your right to write.
I swear you will never know our battles and you need not bloody you nose in some federal courthouse with 700 dollar and hour lawyers. Because us punks will do it for you. And next time you say with William: "kill all the lawyers" at least give one second to say; "except ours who struggle to allow peace and love to be expressed freely" I will not fight for the "N" word but I will fight for you and HP's right to publish what you write by right.
My children know me by my fight. You do not need to or even engage your enemies, we shall do it for you. And please forget us, but remember our principles. A good man said it better than me. He is called by the name Abe. And he bears my heart,