Saturday, April 11, 2015

Censorship: Why Hack When You Can Just Protest?

Buoyed by Sony's Christmas controversy over the movie, "The Interview," students at the University of Michigan temporarily derailed screening of "American Sniper," continuing the mantra that the few are responsible for protecting the minds of the many, regardless of the many's personal feelings on the matter.

It's too bad the Guardians of Peace are too late to learn this lesson: that filing a petition is enough to suspend a movie (albeit temporarily), they might have found it less expensive (and less illegal) to simply round up scores or sympathizers to picket Sony headquarters.

According to Lamees Mekkaoui, the student who initialized the movement against the U of MI screening, she "felt uncomfortable during [American Sniper]," when she watched it of her own free will. Instead of giving others the opportunity to educate themselves of the conflicting opinions between the movie and reality, or simply leaving the movie, she felt compelled to "demand censor and closure... [where she did] not necessarily belong."

Sound familiar? It should. Those are the words of Lois Keidan speaking on the matter of Charlie Hebdo, a quote I myself employed back in January.

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