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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Try as you might, it’s impossible to find anywhere in the First Amendment the right to instantaneous, unedited mass communication.
And before greedy, thoughtless profiteers discovered that the internet could be used that way, no one had ever thought to provide it.
Newspapers and magazines have always had editors to screen content before it was printed, and a code of conduct among reporters and photographers to use good judgement before making something public. The same standards have applied in TV newsrooms, where even live broadcasts are careful to not show certain things. Radio talk-shows have used a seven-second delay.
But Twitter, Youtube, Facebook Live, and the rest have provided an immediate, global, unedited forum to spew garbage.
And it’s been a disaster for civilization.
Misinformation circles the globe before truth can get out of bed. Vicious trolling and bullying is everywhere. And for years now, violent crimes – including rape and murder – have been broadcast live on the web, the better to publicize the viciousness of the perps and incite copycat behavior by other creeps.
Just look at New Zealand.
So it’s quite a sight to see the executives of these big companies rushing to reassure everyone how hard they’re working to clean up the mess they created.
I don’t believe a word of it.
If they really cared about the social damage they’re enabling, they would have found a way to stop it years ago.
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