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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 78 points (+78|-0) ago 

It makes sense that governments would try to control the internet, they've attempted it with every other medium of communication in the past. It's just saddening that a significant portion of the population have been manipulated into actually wanting censorship. Why anybody would sacrifice their liberties to prevent others from also having them is beyond me.

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[–] VicariousJambi [S] 1 points 34 points (+35|-1) ago 

Some people trust the government and the government wants to keep it that way.

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[–] PoopToaster 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

While all the big corporations are constantly storing and selling all of our data. We're losing the internet on 2 fronts.

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[–] BonsaiLeaf 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Wow, thanks mr skeltal

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[–] Dread_Pirate 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Since the internet has become more mainstream, a lot of the people that use it for primarily for basic things (social media/shopping) don't understand the power that is gained by being able to monitor everyone's interactions - being able to sway popular opinion, censor ideas that are against the mainstream ideal, etc. Many of these people can't even set up their own Wi-Fi router, much less understand that the internet is more than Facebook and Amazon. I feel a lot of it comes from just a lack of education due to the fact that they don't feel the need to be educated on the subject since it does not pertain to their daily lives, so they just go for the "Well if you have nothing to hide then it's not a problem" argument (ugh).

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[–] cointelpro_shill 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

This "censorship" we're talking about is a consumer demand that is met willingly. People don't have to be manipulated to say "Hey, stop showing me things I don't like"

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[–] mr_skeltal 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

But when we're talking about getting movies pulled from theaters or video games banned from being released, it's the same effect as censorship. It's banning art and expression because it offends the sensibilities of some. That's the way I look at it at least. That's why I think that it's dangerous to ban things on the grounds of being offensive, because who's to say what unpopular opinion could be considered offensive next?