Friday, May 27, 2005

Corporate censorship

Righties are always saying how something is only censorship if the government is the entity placing the restrictions. However, since corporations control so much government policy, attempts by corporations to silence critics are a de facto form of censorship. Attempts this week by BP and Morgan Stanley to silence critics by pulling their ads is corporate censorship. He who controls the purse strings controls everything, right?

I say let them pull their ads. Less exposure means less business for them. I just hope editorial boards don't cave to their bullying pressure.


  1. de facto ............. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight

  2. **De facto is a Latin expression that means "in fact" or "in practice". It is commonly used as opposed to de jure (meaning "by law") when referring to matters of law or governance or technique (such as standards), that are found in the common experience as created or developed without or against a regulation.

    "De facto" is a qualifier which implies that what is being described is not quite universally accepted; otherwise, the idea (e.g., a standard) would usually be described without the term.

    When discussing a legal situation, de jure designates what the law says, while de facto designates what happens in practice, which may differ.**

    It's becoming more and more the standard. And since corporations are dictating law...

  3. riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight