I would like to thank TheBorg for setting this challenge match up and my esteemed opponent for participating. I hope the readers will enjoy it.
ATS censors entire subjects.
This has been a "hot button" topic of late. You don't have to go far to find some that think that ATS is doing just this. In this debate I will
show that not only is it incorrect but that ATS has gone above and beyond to cater to alternative topics.
My opponent has give a dictionary representation of what censorship is. It's become popular with those that would have their own way on internet
sites. Let's look at historical and legal
definitions of what censorship is.
The suppression or proscription of speech or writing that is deemed obscene, indecent, or unduly controversial.
The term censorship derives from the official duties of the Roman censor who, beginning in 443 b.c., conducted the census by counting, assessing, and
evaluating the populace. Originally neutral in tone, the term has come to mean the suppression of ideas or images by the government or others with
The English-speaking world began wrestling with issues of censorship in the seventeenth century. In his Areopagitica (1644), John Milton argued in
favor of the right to publish, free from government restraint. In the United States, the First Amendment to the Constitution (1787) guarantees Freedom
of Speech and Freedom of the Press. When a U.S. government agency attempts to prohibit speech or writing, the party being censored frequently raises
these First Amendment rights. Such cases usually involve communication that the government perceives as harmful to itself or the public.
Point of order. When quoting a source providing a link is essential. The reader, judges and opponents need it to verify and/or contest the info
Censorship being an action of the gov't. Whatever level.
Socratic question #1- Is ATS a gov't agency?
Any entity, be it a coffee shop or an internet site has the right of self determination(within the law), it's focus. How many, "No shoes, no shirt,
no service" signs have you seen? This can be clouded at times. Does the vendor turn away a person wearing a
? It's not a "shirt" but it fulfills the basic premise of the policy. Judgment call.
ATS has the T&C
which governs what is ATS' policy. Everyone is bound by it..... BY
PERSONAL AGREEMENT. ATS' focus. By agreeing to it all members are BOUND by it. That includes myself and my opponent. It's a contract
the individual member and the site. This is described here
If there is an agreement between the site and the individual member that a certain topic is not allowed can censorship be called into play? It's the
sites focus. Their policy. NO ONE forced any member to agree to the T&C. That was left up to the individual. Can censorship be called when both
parties are already in agreement as to what will be posted?
Socratic question #2- Were you forced to agree with the T&C?
Socratic question # 3. As this topic is "ATS Censors Entire Subjects" what topics are you talking about?
Back to you enigmania.