The Literary Drover No. 5216

There’s nothing like censorship to upset The Great Unwashed Masses:

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jan/01/outrage-after-netflix-pulls-comedy-show-criticising-saudi-arabia

The Literary Drover No. 5044

It comes as no surprise: A member of the news media is calling for censorship. Whatever respect the news media in general once had is gone with this opinion because the news media claims to be the defender of The First Amendment to the United States of America Constitution, Free Speech, and yet seeks to erode and denegrate the very thing they claim to protect.

The Literary Drover No. 5042

Thank you for letting me know, but I am aware of the practice by WordPress to supress accounts that do not pay for their service and which do not advance their partisan political agenda.

I consider it to be a form of censorship. WordPress might argue otherwise. They might argue that they promote quality content on blogs hosted by WordPress. I would respectfully disagree as response because I have seen examples of “quality” blogs that they showcase.

The matter is moot for me. I write because I am a Writer. I make an effort to produce quality writing. If WordPress prefers to engage in partisan politics they will lose in the long-term.

It is proven and documented fact.

The Literary Drover No. 3097

My writing, specifically the stories of Jhon Collector, has been, is, and will be censored because of bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, and racism. It is an ugly and undeniable fact and truth. No matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many declarations are uttered, and no matter how many celebrities and politicians claim otherwise bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, and racism have, do, and will exist.

Until such time that the individual stands up and refuse to submit to such things.

Only then will humanity realize its potential.

The Literary Drover No. 3082

Some might take personal offense to the form of censorship known as “shadow-banning”. I do not do so because I consider it a challenge: How can I circumvent such underhandedness and triumph as a Writer?

The Literary Drover No. 3009

It is called “shadow-banning”, and Facebook, Twitter, Disqus, and even WordPress are guilty of doing it.

Because I do not trust the metrics provided by Social Media, and because I keep performance records to determine a Return On Investment (R.O.I) for my Social Media efforts, I figured out what was going on long before it became a viable rumor, and then documented fact.

I am aware that shadow-banning – also known as censorship – has been taking place on WordPress for some time. I accepted it because I decided that those who were interested in what I was publishing would find their way here again and again.

But the fact WordPress, which claims to be a defender of Free Speech, would do such a thing – and this is true of any Social Media platform – provides cause for concern. Therefore, I ask you to defend Free Speech against those who would violate it, under the heading “Social Media”.