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Prison is a punishment that involves the removal of offenders from ordinary life.

Given that 2020 has had a serious lack of "ordinary life" for innocent people, all current prisoners should have their sentences increased by a year, in the interest of fairness for non-criminal members of society.

Discuss.

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Flat Earth Community / Round Earthers would like to censor the Internet
« on: September 29, 2020, 07:50:38 AM »
Of course they would. It's only natural for those in authority to double down when their authority is questioned. I'll leave the obvious snarky joke opportunity open for one of you.

Anyway, it would seem that Dr. Nigel Whittle, a healthcare expert from a consultancy that does everything is upset. He's not particularly clear about what he's upset with. He starts by talking about the fact that FE'ers exist (how dare they!), and that there is no doubt in his mind that they're wrong and dumb - nothing new here.

He then pivots, making sure to spend as little time describing his change of subjects as possible. Flat Earthers exist and they're uneducated, but you know who else exists and is uneducated? COVID19 conspiracists! Wow, people are burning masts, and look at all these crazy COVID19 theories floating about!

Dr. Whittle then reaches a conclusion, once again encouraging us not to think too much about how he got from point A to B. It might be a good idea to "better manage" the Internet to make sure that like-minded individuals don't talk to each other too much. The burden, nay, the responsibility is on YouTube and Facebook - they should vet our friends and make sure we follow the right guys, or at least that we don't follow too many of the wrong guys.

The short article ends with an invitation for discourse. They'd love to hear your views about this proposal! Just, y'know, make sure they're the right views. ;)

https://www.plextek.com/insights/coronavirus-and-flat-earth/

Of course, it's worth pointing out that while I'm sure Dr. Whittle is an expert in his fields (biochemistry, cancer research, and advancing medical innovations), he is absolutely nobody when it comes to Internet governance. In this particular case, he's acting like the very "armchair experts" he seems to want to curtail. The good news is that, for the same reasons, he probably won't get his way.

Ignoring the dystopian implications of a "better managed" Internet, and stepping aside from the FE vs RE disagreement for a second, I'd like to point out that these sort of initiatives universally backfire. When the Donald Trump subreddit got axed, it moved from a platform that had some control over the discourse to a platform that's entirely independent and which doesn't want to filter the content that was originally found to be problematic. When YouTube axed Alex Jones, his audience moved over to other media (again, the result was more Alex Jones, not less). When YouTube started discouraging FE videos, this led people who might potentially be convinced to actively seek out the content ("Wow, what are these terrible videos that YouTube is hiding from me?").

Perhaps if the super-enlightened scientific experts had an understanding of pop-sci concepts like the Steisand effect, they'd have an easier time maintaining their authority?

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Terrible Political Memes
« on: September 20, 2020, 01:59:47 PM »
I've recently added myself to a few all-caps political fb groups. We're talking stuff like "BLOOMBERG FOR PURPOSE" (formerly "BLOOMBERG FOR PRESIDENT 2020") and "TRUMP SUPPORTERS UK".

In case you're not familiar, these groups can often produce some amazing content (unless they get overrun by trolls, at which point it becomes a bit boring). I will use this thread to post occasional highlights, basically creating a dump of terrible political memes.

Please feel free to join me, but bear in mind that for this thread to be successful, we should follow a couple of guidelines:
  • Don't just post stuff you disagree with. If it's not a picture of Trump and Raegan hugging it out while Jesus is injecting himself with marijuana in the background, you're doing it wrong.
  • Don't discuss the merit behind the pictures. Most of them will include terrible hot takes which aren't worthy of serious consideration.

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Flat Earth Community / MOVED: New Here
« on: August 19, 2020, 06:32:42 AM »

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There's a trend that's been developing recently. People report posts and when the matter is not immediately dealt with, they PM me to inform me that they've placed a report. You know who you are, and there are many of you. Too many.

Don't do that. This forum has multiple moderators and an active admin. The point of the report system is that it alerts them all. The first person available will look at your report and decide whether it merits action or further discussion. PM'ing me will not speed this process up.

If you have questions about something that for whatever reason can't be raised via an S&C thread, or if you want to discuss something I've personally done as moderator: by all means, go ahead. But, moving forward, I will be deleting any PM's telling me to look at a report without providing a response.

Thanks for your understanding.

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