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darker times coming
Entry 008: The Throes of Censorship, Avarice and Greed

PhoenixSoul

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With each passing day, I find the following to be more and more apparent...

 

There's this thing going on within the higher levels of societal classes, mainly the wealthy, and governing classes that disturbs the living sh*t out of me, and that is this massive censorship model that very few seem to even know about, let alone speak/act against.

 

Of course, I am talking about online and offline censorship, the former examples being Google, Facebook, Twitter and such, but also on the latter, with the police being allowed to use unnecessary force against people whom have done nothing wrong, against those who are exercising their rights, and the government and corporations fueling these things with their own manpower and most importantly, their own damned, blood-covered silver. (There are numerous other examples but police are really high on the list and frequency of occurrence is impossible to ignore)

 

It saddens, angers, and enrages me to see this happen, not only to people who don't have a clue, but to people that speak/act against it.

 

I personally am not fond of certain freedoms because of how badly they are abused, but f*ck all if they are to be taken away by the very same mortals, MORTALS who swore an oath to PROTECT the very same rights.

 

Of course, there are some parts of the world where such natural rights are either restricted or even completely obliterated by blasphemous religious regimes and/or avaricious and greedy governmental factions, in which, my only wish is for those who suffer undeservingly to either have their pain ended swiftly and mercifully, or for their oppressors to be brought to their overdue end.

 

'Tekasshuroten'

 

Roughly translated to English from my native tongue, it means 'made to speak falsely' which is synonymous with 'censorship'.

 

One quick tidbit about Parolian context... -ssha/-sshi/-sshu/-sshe/-ssho/-ssya are secondary prefixes which are indicative of negative context accenture (meaning that the phrase will always sound like the person is speaking vilely of the context). In other words, censorship is seen as a bad thing in my native tongue (and logically so).

 

Anyway, moving on to the next thing and that is how the greedy, avaricious model of censorship has filtered down into various areas of general society, such as public places, online forums, among others. There's a system in place that does allow at the discretion of the higher ups of any given public place, forum and so on to censor the lesser masses, regardless of whether those involved in the censorship process are right or wrong. Of course, that is really no fault of the higher-ups, though allowing oneself to feel right in censoring another regardless of whether the act was right or wrong is a massive character flaw, and that is something I have seen and been a victim of, time and again.

 

That said, more often than not, this is something most don't even realize that they're doing, and the reasons why list potentially in the hundreds if not thousands, and since I'm no thorough expert on the inner workings of the mortal mind (though I'm an expert at predicting actions but that just takes practice and an unchanging redundancy), I won't really get into that since that is a bit beyond the scope of this blog (not to mention there are many things I do not know well enough about to bring my thoughts into the matter forward).

 

For those that are guilty of this, but are unaware, I do hope that one day, you do catch it, and reflect on the potential negative influx you're creating, so that one can be more balanced in making decisions that affect others.

 

For those that are the opposite of the unaware, the ones that do this for the sick pleasure of it (fortunately I've only run into a small handful like this in recent times and never more than that), if you ever run into me, no matter where or when, I won't let you off easy. You're in for a painful reality check.

 

Now, you might be wondering why I wrote this blog post at all, especially here of all places.

 

Well, for one, it is good to let people know what is going on, no matter where the information is placed, as long as the balance is as close to equal as possible (I don't think I need to explain this further-hopefully). Two, there are some issues with language barrier censorship that I've come across rather frequently as of recent (and no, not just here but the little blurb about not 'liking the rules of the forum' was the final straw; either I get this off my chest or something bad would happen-likely offline because this is the kind of thing that does tend to set off my stress and unfairly at that), and I used to actually be guilty of this sort of thing myself. Of course, when one doesn't understand what the other is saying, naturally, that frustration will occur, but saying 'speak English pls' is a really bad way of going about it, not to mention quite disrespectful. It is better to ask for someone to translate, or for that person to try to speak more clearly, rather than throw up a false language barrier.

 

I get it, this is an English-speaking forum, no further commentary on the subject needed, but how many of us have English as a first language, or even a second language? Hell, how many of us rely on the rather unreliable Google Translate for English translations? I can almost guarantee that quite a few of us rely on some form of a less-than-reliable translator just simply because of that restriction. I mean, yeah, sure, the restriction does make some sense, but to have it shoved in our faces, it is just not okay and sets a bad example.

 

I mean, this is not an 18+ site, there are people here that are potentially impressionable; let us not set that example for them to follow, or even let that even be a possible mindset.

 

Of course, let us also let them think for themselves, which also means that the censorship model is even worse to have, in the case of free thinking and expression.

 

Not saying that we should abandon having certain restrictions, but for those of us who do not speak English (or for a Spanish forum, do not speak Spanish or -insert language here), don't admonish us just because we don't know the language. That is all we ask. And if we're feeling good and we say/sing/shout something in our native tongues, don't kill the vibe by saying 'speak English pls'. We wouldn't do that to you (or at least I would like to think we wouldn't but I cannot truly speak for everyone).

 

As a race of beings designed to coexist, we're currently doing one Hell of a job dividing ourselves, and one of the ways we're accomplishing this is through the current censorship model, whether on purpose or not. Let us unite and end this. Together, we can end the throes of censorship, greed and avarice.

 


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I expected a quick and inaccurate analysis.

 

No, it isn't.

I quote:
 

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...Two, there are some issues with language barrier censorship that I've come across rather frequently as of recent (and no, not just here but the little blurb about not 'liking the rules of the forum' was the final straw...(in other words-the stress of this built up to a near destructive climax and better to say something than break something)

 

I've received a lot of unfair criticism about my native tongue both online and offline for the past several months, in many different flavors such as 'fake' or 'mental condition' or false language barriers such as 'speak English pls', among many others. I've learned my lesson in doing the same thing, now I only wish for others to not commit the same mistakes because it hurt me and still does to this day. But even then, asking for others to walk a mile in my shoes or in the shoes of someone who suffers similarly is like kneeling at the feet of a merciless overlord, begging to be lashed and getting it. But the discussion involving this is for another time.

 

Does anything I say here make any sense? I can make sense of it; I wonder how many others can also.

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Sooo... you speak gibberish and then get mad when people give you shit for speaking gibberish and you even do it in person? Right! That's much better! 

How'd ya think people would react? Especially if you're as melodramatic in person as you are here. I for one would be very hard pressed not to laugh in your face. See, the problem is (other than being insane) is you think you're special. The most important person in the world who needs all the attention, love and compassion from everyone all the time. 24/7 or whatever measure of time you use in Fantasy Land. Anything less is automatically some egregious personal attack. So at least on paper the solution to your lil' dilemma is simple: GET OVER YOURSELF!

 

I'm sure you'll do what you always do and be the victim here. Maybe one day you'll actually figure it out. I hope so. It must suck feeling so shitty every waking moment of everyday. 

 

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If only you spent half the time considering why a rule exists rather than spending that time ranting.

There are so many, incredibly obvious, reasons why members are asked to speak English here that it boggles the mind. And amusing considering how you insist that you 'put yourself in someone else's shoes'.

 

Honestly, people like you are why people consider the political left a joke nowadays. I'm half convinced you're a Kremlin agent :lol:

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Lmao! Is the far left that bad on your side of the pond? I mean it's pretty bad here, but this particular situation is like super saiyan level. Only difference is saiyans face their problems head on. With violence. :P

 

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Ask yourselves this.

 

Is it better to feel that you are special, unique, your own person, all in all, an individual? Or to feel like you're part of a machine, that whilst arguably productive, is a dire cost to your own mind, body and spirit?

 

I've found that most cannot answer this question without wavering between the two extremes. Not unexpected in the least because complacency is one of many of the imperfections that are designed to make the mortal race individually unique.

 

As for my answer, I do believe that I am special, unique, my own person, and definitely an individual. That said, I've been fighting the same oppressive machine ever since I had awakened to the evils of society. The fact that I used to conform and had done so for so long, makes it that much harder to pull free, but I'll win, one way or another, dammit.

 

'gibberish', you say...

Okay, so that really applies to any language you don't understand then, because the word 'gibberish' is literally defined as 'non-understandable speech' which can result from someone having a speech impediment as well.

 

Fantasy Land...the land of my fantasies lie mostly in places that are NC-17 by description, thanks much. No, my home is no 'Fantasy Land', but my only proof that my home exists are my memories, which with each passing day become more and more clear. If that's not an indication of something very real, then nothing is.

 

Political Left...thanks for that. Maybe you'd rethink that statement if you could see in some of my darkest fantasies, what I'd love to do to ALL politicians...don't string me in with their avarice. Ever.

 

If I didn't spend any time considering why these rules exist, I would not of bothered to write a blog post at all and just let my stress boil over. I didn't do that, I took the time to consider many things, and as I did, I wrote straight from both my heart, and what I have learned from the past. I'm no fool; I know that speaking my mind can get me in a load of trouble, which is what bugs me about censorship in the first place. Free Speech? Free Will? At mortal's exception, yes. But...THAT'S MORALLY WRONG AND INVALID.

 

I honestly spend more time in the shoes of others than my own, which even my own mother had once said would land me in a sea of suffering if I did not control my empathetic side, and it seems that both Fate and Anti-Karma are trying to do just that. Well, I'll win on that front as well, so they can count on me bouncing back. I always do.

 

So, with all that said, maybe you have a better understanding? Or, maybe you're still confused. But, at the end of the day, what matters is that we did what is morally right, and helpful for our fellow kin. I know, that me speaking out will strike chords with some, and anger others, but the fact that I understand this alone, does set me apart from the destructive machine that is slowly destroying us all. I do what I can, and if that isn't enough, then so it shall be, but I know my afterlife won't be one of suffering.

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You know all the staff can erase/edit anything you say at any time right. Yet we don't. We leave you to your tantrums.

Telling you when you're objectively wrong isn't censorship. Particularly when you're calling out the site and its staff.

 

So I'll leave you with the sentiment I left when I wrote on that status update you erased (how's that for censorship). If you want to speak another language go to a site that supports it. As you're stating yourself, its a big world out there, plenty of that there internet too.

As for this idea of contextless inclusivity; would you go to a yoga class and complain that they didn't let you skateboard there? Actually, maybe you would. You're so enlightened that way.

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Unique. Not special. Special can go a few different ways, and none of them end well. On one end, there's people like you. People who believe that their problems are somehow more important than everyone else's. They need all the attention. Or worse, they feel entitled and step on and bully everyone in their way because they're the most important in the world person and deserve everything. The rules and laws don't apply to them. Or still worse enough people who think they're special get together and decide another group isn't so special, and discriminate or just decide to kill all the them. As long as people think they are above others there will never truly be equality. 

 

Oh, and like or not, you are part of a machine. It's called society. The idea is everyone does their part in order to improve everyone's lives. You'd rather just sit there and whine. You contribute nothing yet expect people to give everything to you. The fact that you live in a society where it's even possible for you is the saddest part here. Your not a slave. Your not in some impoverished nation where your forced to work just to get enough food to survive. You have a roof over your head. You have parents paying for that roof and the food you eat not to mention the internet you use to complain to the world, but that's not good enough for you. You have the luxury to be able to sit there and whine all day and have the audacity to think your life is so much worse than everyone else's.

 

Yeah Fantasy Land and gibberish. Show me on a map where Nülgârt, Âsürïa is. Show me a book written in whatever language you were speaking on here. You know the one that you were asked not to and sparked your long, melodramatic rant in the first place. 

 

I didn't see Tarq's last comment while typing this. You keep crying about censorship yet you deleted one of posts? We're adding hypocrite to the list now, eh? Guess it wasn't special enough to grace your profile. 

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Here's the thing lone; as far as I'm aware PS wasn't asked not to roleplay. But since a few comments recently have been in other languages kaz put a reminder in the status updates.

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But that's enough from me. As long as the facts are straight I'd rather try to prevent this further spiralling by adding my own negative inflection.

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The update was erased and replaced with this blog post. I figured that would be obvious.

Spoiler

 

Also, free expression by singing is restricted by this? What happens if the content in question is historic in nature, like a quote from a historic figure with no known or any sort of decent translation to the one language? What then? This may be subjective, but it is a valid concern. Just think about it.

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...would you go to a yoga class and complain that they didn't let you skateboard there? ...

I do believe I get the logic you're inputting here, but the application of the logic just feels off, to me anyway.

 

I never said anything on telling someone they're wrong being censorship, it is when one counterbalances their opinion to be fact when it is subjective at best, just to silence another, is when that becomes censorship (I never said anyone had done this here but I've been subjected to it before and it just doesn't do any good for anyone).

 

Again, one can make a word sound subjective in a negative way, when the literal definition is the exact opposite.

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On one end, there's people like you. People who believe that their problems are somehow more important than everyone else's. They need all the attention. Or worse, they feel entitled and step on and bully everyone in their way because they're the most important in the world person and deserve everything. The rules and laws don't apply to them. Or still worse enough people who think they're special get together and decide another group isn't so special, and discriminate or just decide to kill all the them. As long as people think they are above others there will never truly be equality.

Well, that's as one-sided as I think I've ever seen. I could correct so many errors in thought here, but then those corrections would be met with further attempts to discredit.

 

I'll just say this. You don't know me well enough to group me in with that less-than-realistic grouping of people. You don't know what I do for others, or even what I do when I'm not here, or not actively viewing this site. Yeah, I make it pretty clear that my ability to do a lot of things is less than ideal, and indicate that indeed not by my own choosing, but one can do a lot from the computer, and a hundred tiny acts of kindness are just as valuable as one huge act of kindness, if not more so.

 

Hell, I spent six hours on the phone yesterday with a congressperson talking about several things including Net Neutrality. I've signed over a thousand petitions and sent electronic letters over the past several months. Don't tell me that I'm just a whiny little twat who complains about everything because while my inability to do much is apparent, it doesn't change my passions, my resolve, and the fact that I am not a part of the evil machine, in which, has nothing to do with society, but society's sins. I resent the notion that I am part of any evil machine. Society is a neutral machine by design, because society encompasses all things, living and non-living, as well as the space it is all contained within, the cycle of temporal complex. Oh snap, I should have a Ph.D, huh? (yeah I am being sarcastic because I really am trying to hold back laughter)

 

 

I decided to put all that in a spoiler. This is really taking me for a mood rollercoaster ride. I end it here.

 

I do what I can, when I can, how I am able to. I know the Divine Twenty-Four would not admonish me...

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Geeez... Times like this are when I am glad Lone blocked me, because I am bound to start a huge argument about his crappy attitude. Really lone? I still like you sometimes, but damn it man, do you not have any sort of sense of democracy at all? Really, lone. I know what you are trying to do. But you are trying to convince someone who is sick and tired of society jerking them around... by telling them they are only worth what they contribute to society. What? Do you not understand how tremendously unhelpful it is to say crap like that? Do you really think that saying 'lol, none of your problems are valid, get back in line' is going to come off as you being anything but a condescending jerk? Ugh... Oh what's the point. You blocked me and can't read this and I am not sure if I even want you too. It would just make you shout insults at me again.

 

Also Targ: I personally think it's a pretty dumb rule myself. Don't get me wrong, the rules are the rules and all and I am not advocating breaking or ignoring them, but I would be remiss of my duty as a chaotic neutral anarchist fairy not to poke fun at them anyway. :P As a strongly recommended guideline it makes sense. 90% of people here speak English, so therefore if you want to be understood, speak English. As a rule... why exactly? Wouldn't English content automatically be the majority? What is the point in artificially making a hard and fast rule limiting something in a way that only serves to exclude people? What, did you at one point have an army of Brazilian spambots descend on the site and decided it was safer to just cut out all other languages to be safe? Do mods not like that you can't check what is said to make sure it's safe for the kiddies, even if the chances of a international legal problem about it is pretty laughable? Do you just not like having lots of status updates you can't read laying around? Poor excuses if you ask me.

 

All that being said... um... Yeah the native tongue thing is a little eyerolling. What? I use fairy words for stuff all the time too? But all of that isn't another language it's just really archaic and weird English, it's totally different! Forsooth, my wordstock lays not fallow, I brook the forgotten to seed my steading with a hallowed hoard of spoken sough. :3

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Please don't make fun of Phoenix Soul for not being a native English speaker. And please don't tell her she isn't important.

 

Every single person is important. If the world didn't need us then we wouldn't exist.

 

I agree with Kayzee. Telling someone that their problems aren't valid can seriously hurt the other person, and telling them they have next to no worth as a person is even worse.

 

Please, instead of tearing each other down, let's support each other and help each other lead the happiest lives. Being mean to someone else not only does them no good, but it doesn't do you any good either, you're likely to regret it later. On the other hand, if we are uplifting and kind to each other, then everyone is happy.

 

I aim to help the world move towards harmony. Let's not hurt each other any more. Let's heal each other.

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@Saeryen Funny you mention how the world needs us...I remember watching a video some time back that described what would happen if we suddenly vanished. It did go on to say that over time, our world here would eventually rid itself of all traces of our existence. To be honest, it was much more like a long-winded PSA about protecting our planet from pollution and such, but it did make a valid point.

 

There isn't really a point to my mentioning of the video, what you said about the world needing us just brought it to memory is all...

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Don't get me wrong, I never thought and still don't think Loney is a bad person who honestly thinks people's problems aren't valid, I just think he isn't really thinking that hard about the whole thing. A lot of people don't. To him it seems like to him it's just a gut reaction that ordered society is implicitly good, people fit into neat little places in a big machine, everything works out in the end, and every person who feels otherwise is just not looking at the problem the right way or is just some kinks that need working out.

 

But that's not the way it works for some people. Some people just don't see it that way, can't see it that way. They look at what Loney is saying, and see another pawn defending a broken system, a system that is keeping them down. They can't trust in a big machine to provide for them. Some might even see 'society' as nothing but a disease, and affront to nature and to them personally. This isn't just selfishness, this isn't just entitlement, they aren't just being whiners.

 

Thing is, both types can actually help each other a far bit. one pushes things maybe too far, the other will push back. But it's a relationship born in rivalry.

 

Bah why am I still blabbing, it's late, I am sleepy, night night.

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12 hours ago, PhoenixSoul said:

@Saeryen Funny you mention how the world needs us...I remember watching a video some time back that described what would happen if we suddenly vanished. It did go on to say that over time, our world here would eventually rid itself of all traces of our existence. To be honest, it was much more like a long-winded PSA about protecting our planet from pollution and such, but it did make a valid point.

 

There isn't really a point to my mentioning of the video, what you said about the world needing us just brought it to memory is all...

I hope you don't think that YOU aren't important, Phoenix. You're important to me and I want you to be okay.

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