📑 Pluralistic: The majority of censorship is self-censorship (22 Feb 2024)

Bookmarked Pluralistic: The majority of censorship is self-censorship; The Bezzle excerpt (Part V) (22 Feb 2024) by Cory DoctorowCory Doctorow (pluralistic.net)

Censors have always done – and still do – their work not by wielding power, but by projecting it. Even the most powerful state actors are not powerful enough to truly censor, in the sense of confiscating every work expressing an idea and punishing everyone who creates such a work. Instead, they rely on self-censorship, both by individuals and by intermediaries. When censors act to block one work and not another, or when they punish one transgressor while another is free to speak, it’s tempting to think that they are following some arcane ruleset that defines when enforcement is strict and when it’s weak. But the truth is, they censor erratically because they are too weak to censor comprehensively.

Source: Pluralistic: The majority of censorship is self-censorship; The Bezzle excerpt (Part V) (22 Feb 2024) by Cory Doctorow

Discussing Ada Palmer’s essay Tools for Thinking About Censorship, Cory Doctorow explains how the majority of censorship is actually self-censorship that is enforced by powerful state actors projecting power, rather than enforcing it.

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