Sunday, December 30, 2018

Get The Old Almonds Activated

If you keep up with internet drama you may very well be aware Sargon of Akkad was banned from Patreon for saying mean things.  It's somewhat interesting that those mean things were said several months ago on a channel not belonging to Sargon and not on the Patreon platform.

Here is the statement from Patreon.  And if you'd like to view the offending video, here is a link to the full stream so all context can be reviewed.

To be frank, I don't like Sargon and prefer to think of him using Mister Metokur's tag of "Smuckles" (Smug Chuckles).  I find him to be a self-righteous, overconfident jerk who engaged in petty internet drama to get clicks from outraged followers.  I also find his ideals and speech misguided at best and abhorrent at worst.  Personally, my main reason for knowing of him is due to my laughter at the failures of his group of allies.

Regardless of my feelings concerning Sargon, much like Alex Jones, this is another situation where we need to be concerned about overreach.  We're in a time where our society is more concerned about people saying mean things than they are people actually DOING mean things.  The question everyone should be asking is "Who decides the line between free speech and hate speech?"

Was what Sargon did nice?  No.  Was it illegal?  Not in the US.  Was Patreon banning him illegal? No.

Then why bother wasting bandwidth if Patreon was within their rights to do this?  For me, the fact he was banned isn't surprising, chalk it up to "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes," the concern is where does he turn after the ban for income and how does this affect all users going forward?

If you have 6 minutes and 37 seconds to spare, please watch this video.  It asks some interesting questions and makes you wonder how much the different platforms are working together as one.



It is interesting that as some users moved from Patreon to SubscribeStar as a crowdfunding option, PayPal pulled support from SubscribeStar ,essentially killing SubscribeStar as an alternative.  Normally if you are banned from a platform, you find another platform, or medium, to work with.  If the different platforms work together to essentially blacklist a creator, then the free market system fails.

Thankfully YouTube is losing its monopolistic hold on video hosting with alternatives such as BitChute and Stream.me, but it is still the preferred platform for many.  What alternatives are there for payment for creators?  Jordan Peterson and Dave Rubin have plans to open an alternative payment platform.  Perhaps it can fill the gap, we'll have to wait and see.

For the current time, the question every person need to ask themselves is, "How long will it take 'The Overton Window' to move until what "I" think, say or write is considered 'Hate'?"

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