Harmful Content, by Bill Bonner.
In Ireland, the Sunday Independent went right to the claptrap.
“First social media controls revealed,” is the headline story on the front page. The Irish feds are setting up a “watchdog” to “target harmful content.”
What’s harmful content? It depends on who’s in charge.
In China, anything critical of the Communist party, the government, or its economic policies is not only harmful, it gets you a prison sentence.
In Dubai, blasphemy, indecency, insurrection — even cross-dressing, swearing or dancing in public — can get you arrested.
In the U.S., in the 19th century, United States postal inspector and anti-vice activist Anthony Comstock banned anatomy textbooks from being sent via U.S. mail on the grounds that they were lewd. During his career as censor, he reportedly destroyed 15 tons of books and 4 million pictures.
And here in Ireland, on Page 6 of the Sunday Independent, we find the censors drooling over “food porn.” Dr. Donal O’Shea says social media postings of attractive eats “normalize” binge eating.
“Wait,” warned a friend. “You can’t talk about ‘bingeing’ anymore. It’s insensitive to people with a tendency to binge.”
But this joke is too good to let political correctness stand in the way. A study by Oxford University showed that looking at food on the internet “makes it harder to resist eating.” Fat people binge, in other words.
“There are massive health implications,” says a government toad, calling for surgery, censorship and other meddling.
Yes, there are hefty implications for us all, we reply. But if you allow the feds to censor your opinions, thoughts and news, you are a moron. How would the censor know better than you what you should see or think?
The Sunday Independent doesn’t bother to raise the question.