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Poor freedom of speech. Its meaning has taken such a drubbing in the last few years.

I mean, originally, it was just "the government can't tell you what you can and can't say".

Then someone decided it meant "what you say should never have any consequences".

Then someone decided that it meant "nobody can deny you a soapbox".

Then someone decided that it meant "nobody can refuse to listen to you."

Now apparently it means "every program that could possibly access my soapbox MUST do so."

@noelle Yes, I agree. There will be a healthy competition coming soon in the Fediverse over this issue.

gun violence 

re: gun violence 

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@noelle turns out doing a poor job of teaching civics and American history has consequences. 😖

this is half a "well-technicality" level of detail-quibble but also it's a meaningful difference darnit 

this is half a "well-technicality" level of detail-quibble but also it's a meaningful difference darnit 

this is half a "well-technicality" level of detail-quibble but also it's a meaningful difference darnit 

this is half a "well-technicality" level of detail-quibble but also it's a meaningful difference darnit 

this is half a "well-technicality" level of detail-quibble but also it's a meaningful difference darnit 

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The first amendment of the United States Constitution states that the government cannot tell you what you can and can't say. However, the general concept of freedom of speech extends beyond any individual government and is rather about the extent to which a central authority or gatekeeper can be the arbiter of who gets to speak.

@noelle Didn't you hear? Freedom of speech now means corporations must provide everybody with a free soapbox no matter what they do with it.

@noelle This is why Stallman was so ahead of his time - partly because he separated out "code" from "speech", and partly because he knew the legal side was equally important. This is a must-read: linuxreviews.org/Free_Software

@noelle Yes, there's a distinction between "who can make changes in theory" vs "who can actually make changes", but the barrier is different. Stallman et al assume that learning is the barrier, not access to the raw material (source code).

It's all a matter of different levels of platform fighting each other: Speech, tool for speech, code for tool for speech, skills for code for tool for speech...

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