Thursday, October 12, 2006

Important YouTube news you won't hear about...

The brilliant conservative commentator Michele Malkin had her video commentaries removed from YouTube by YouTube's management. Her videos were removed and her account terminated for "offensive" content.

I believe that the Internet's most powerful effect on our culture is the ability of alternative information to flow around the world mostly unfettered by elite journalists who have traditionally had monopolistic control over news and information in the conventional media. We now have bloggers who have repeatedly shot down fraudulent stories by those journalists, and have had huge effects on elections, media companies and their content.

Now we have elitists in Internet media, attempting to take control over the Internet in the same fashion that CBS and their partners in the former "Big 3" did in TV after World War II.

The only mitigating factor in this outrageous power grab is the very Internet they are attempting to control has such low barrier to entry, that alternative broadcast channels will undoutedly allow her to publicize her videos and the foolishness of YouTubes decision.

Hopefully the incredible power and resources of YouTube and their new parent Google will not be able to squash Malkin.

When I heard of this censorship. I couldn'believeve it. Malkin is a very professional commentator, and while controversial, is hardly offensive in the conventional meaning of the word. If Malkin is offensive, then YouTube is itself offensive and should be shut down. (97% of YouTubes content is at best frivolous and often grossly offensive). If this ridiculous attempt to quash political speech weren't so important, I would laugh at the sillyness of YouTube management's judgement.

I hope Malkin can utilize her contacts in the media to publicize her plight and generate enough heat on YouTube to have them reverse their decision.

Let's help! Click here to send an e-mail to YouTube expressing your thoughts on the subject. Let's not let this battle in the political war go to the elitist censors without a fight.


Anonymous AZVicki said...

I gave up reading your blog ages ago. Glad you're back.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Wayne said...

That's true that youtube which I think is now owned by google discriminates against conservatives and may pretend they are "offenseive" and remove them. But I don't think Michelle Malkin needs youtube to have her videos on the internet. She's got her own video site .

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that YouTube has no business removing videos they don't approve of (excluding video which constitute criminal conduct) but to call Michelle Malkin "brilliant" is fairly bizarre.

10:21 AM  

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