June 20th, 2015
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I had to sideline valuable freelance gigs to get this move done, and it had to be done ASAP, because Google’s algo changes were (are) really hurting me.
In the bad old days of print publishing, there was a lot of evil censorship, but at least it was easy to spot. There are, after all, all the famous cases against various novels: Allen Ginsburg’s “Howl”, novels like “Naked Lunch”, etc.
Nowadays the forces that limit what diversity of voices get heard tend to be algorithmic. The people who make the decisions (to chose one algorithm over another, to emphasize particular statistical priors versus others) are faceless corporate bureaucrats, mostly at the big tech companies. Their decisions shape the online world we get to see and hear. And lately, the trend among the big corporations (Facebook, Apple, Google) has to been to silence sex writers. And if you don’t think that’s important group of writers, how will you feel when they decide to block those writers who talk too much about whatever issue you do care about (religion, race, identity, commerce, etc). If you are not worried they you are not thinking.
Curiously, Violet Blue seems to have given up on having ads. I wonder what the new business model is?Source