Sunday, December 23, 2018

Ironic short "Will Patreon Ban This Film"?": a journalistic experiment with Patreon's sudden purge of some conservative speakers with inconsistent rule enforcement

Rebel Wisdom produces a 27-minute short film with the ironic metatitle: “Will Patreon Ban this Film?

Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin) makes his statement, and the film shows the incident on another platform where Carl used the n-word with respect to irony when speaking of “Nazis”. He is said to have made a homophobic slur, which he denies.

This film is made by another Patreon provider as a “journalistic experiment”. He mentions the “empty chair” in journalism when Patreon was offered the opportunity to comment.

One of the speakers notes the “inclusivity paradox”. Inclusivity cannot be forced.  That is, you can say “you are obliged to love me” but that will only happen if “you want to live me”.  I’ve seen this happen in my own life.

The film also excerpts Tim Cook’s speech “hate speech has no place on our platforms” and yet the speech seems sanctimonious and might imply forced inclusion or equity.

The speakers also note that tech platforms dread being accused of helping Donald Trump get re-elected if that happens.  This leads to “guilt by association”, common with authoritarianism. Could a content provider be banned because “they” had somewhat favorably reviewed the book by Milo Yiannopoulos?

This video should be viewed in conjunction with work by Matt Christiansen and Tim Pool regarding interviews with new Patreon staff where the staff person seems not to be concern that Patreon applies its off-plaform behavior rules (not mention in TOS) capriciously.   

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