The most irritating part of the blogosphere is when I read something, really want to comment on it, and realize my comment will never be. I have been censored. The blog author didn’t like my opinion so what I had to say will never fall upon the eyes of the readers.
Of course monitoring for SPAM comments makes sense, but what I am talking about is the deliberate censorship of ideas.
Who wants to be surrounded by yes men? What good does it do us? If we censor comments that directly prevents the spread of ideas. Problems are never solved, minds are never made up, and our ability to gain intelligence dies.
Aren’t hearing those very ideas, even when controversial or opposite your own, important? Those very ideas force you to defend your own, becoming more sure of yourself, or force you to realize your previous opinion was wrong. So why not allow all comments?
Who’s doing the censoring?
It seems like people on all ends of the spectrum are doing it. Both liberals and conservatives – which I find ironic since both, I would guess, would argue the high value of free speech. Yet some people do not offer the same freedoms to their readers!
Take two examples of blog policies I stumbled upon recently:
A note about comments
I do not automatically publish all comments on my blog. This may come as a shock, so brace yourself: the ones I tend to delete are those I do not agree with or do not like. I am not the government, so my refusing to publish your comment does not in any way affect your right to free speech. Start your own damn blog if you’ve got something to say – the internet is a big place and I’m sure you’ll figure it out.
I ask that you don’t denigrate or offend my sense on this blog. There are plenty of other places to spew your vile if you’ve a mind to and if I don’t like your comment, I won’t post it. But maybe writing it will make you feel better anyway. Sort of like writing a flaming letter and then throwing it away without it being sent…. And besides, I’m not asking you to agree with me or even read this blog but, I hope you enjoy getting another perspective on things going on in the world. Come back often.
Commenting Policy on this Blog
1. Comments are monitored by wordpress.com’s built-in spam filter. That means comments that wordpress thinks might be spam are flagged. Including links, advertisements, etc. – since many spammers post links to harmful stuff. Sometimes WordPress mis-flags a comment and I do my best to find those comments and approve them.
2. All other comments make it to the site. Even ones I disagree with. Period.
Why does this matter?
Sure, most of our blogs are small and almost inconsequential on the grand scheme of things so why does some jerk’s commenting policy matter? The problem is the overarching issue of people’s willingness to not practice what they preach. If you run a conservative blog advocating liberty you damned well better NOT limit the speech of your readers! It is up to every individual to not only demand liberty, but also practice it when they have the power to do so. That includes the spread of ideas in each of our own little pieces of the internet.