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As much as the words "freedom of speech" and "first amendment" get thrown around on the Internet, the concept itself never gets talked about. In fact, I can't remember the last time anyone brought up free speech because they actually wanted to talk about free speech -- seems like people bring it up only when they want to scream some #ty thing as loud as they can and don't want anyone to get mad. I'm going to talk mainly about the Confederate Flag debate here, but I'm increasingly worried that this applies to every discussion involving free speech for as long as I've been alive.
On Thursday, TouchArcade broke the story that Apple was banning some (all?) games in their iTunes library that depict the Confederate Flag. Though the story completely forgot to mention the nine deaths that inspired Apple to make this call, it got picked up by Forbes, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, TechForbesnica, Forbes ArsniCrunch, Kotaku, and the general Internet hype machine, and the reaction many people
Well, let's be clear that Civil War video games aren't history textbooks; they're entertainment, and entertainment rewrites history constantly.
originally posted by: AmericanZombie
At least ATS still allows the Confederate flag, all members that support freedom of speech should change their avatar to the Confederate flag.
originally posted by: butcherguy
I think that it is comical that the result of the crusade to remove the Confederate flag is increased sales of Confederate flags.
Kind of like when new gun control legislation is debated in Congress.