Saturday, January 06, 2007

Disney not Mickey Mousing around with Spocko

I always think of my best comebacks days after an argument is over. When I was engaged in debate on this post at the Moderate Voice , one of the commenters asked me, "How many bloggers lead militant terrorist organizations that saw off innocent people’s heads for propaganda videos, and have killed thousands of innocents in terrorist bombing against civilian targets?"

I should have pointed out that very few beheadings have occurred in the first place and in the second place, we were talking about language. There's no evidence that Zawahiri actually beheaded anyone himself, he merely verbally advocates wholesale killing of innocents to accomplish his goal. How is that different from Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin or Little Green Goofballs or the spittle flecked rants of the legion of wingnut extremist radio hosts led by the likes of Limbaugh? Wingnutopia made a cottage industry out of promoting hate. Worse yet, they have corporate sponsorship for these vile spewings.

The Disney empire has joined the fray in support of hate speech by reaching into their deep pockets and shutting down a critic of Bay Area ABC affiliate radio station KSFO's American terrorists, cleverly disguised as talk show hosts. These schlock jocks daily echo the Wingnutopian refrains for tortue and death of American journalists, political figures and ordinary Americans.

Spocko of Spocko's Brain, is just a little blogger who had a big idea on how to stop them. He contacted the station's advertisers and politely enquired if they knew they were underwriting such hateful rhetoric [audio clips] and asked if the program's views reflected their corporate values.

Spocko succeeded too well. The big money sponsors, including Netflix, MasterCard, Bank of America and Visa, left in droves. Disney responded by getting Spocko's ISP to take down his blog for alleged fair use violations. Now blogging from exile, spocko tells us what we can do help him out. And as TRex points out we should all get involved.
This is an example of how we can effectively fight the tide of hateful bile that pollutes our airwaves and rots the brains of millions of overly credulous talk-radio listeners. We, of course, support the wingnuts' right to say whatever they want to say, but they must be prepared to face the real-world consequences of stoking the fires of ethnic, political, and religious hatred. If that means losing the support of their advertisers and cutting into their six-figure salaries, well, then, hurrah! We win.
Exactly. This is how you fight bad speech with good speech. We can decry the base indecency of the Wingnutopians until we're blue in the face, but the way to defeat it is pull the plug on the corporate funding of their vile bile. Thanks to Spocko for paving the way. Now please spread the word.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Kvatch said...

I did some digging and discovered that Spocko hosts with 1&1, the ISP that shut him down.

I'll post on this later this evening or tomorrow morning, and in the meantime I'll accelerate the process of leaving 1&1 (my own ISP), which I'd been planning anyway...for other reasons.

12:27:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yikes Kvatch. Just don't cross Disney in the interim or they'll shut you down too.

9:41:00 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

Done!

9:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the mistake spocko made was using the clips to do economic harm to ksfo and disney. host them on his blog that's fine, but send them to advertisers out of context full with spocko's own editorial? that's illegal and disney will win that case in court even if spocko had big corporate lawyers backing him.

10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I should have pointed out that very few beheadings have occurred in the first place and in the second place, we were talking about language. There's no evidence that Zawahiri actually beheaded anyone himself, he merely verbally advocates wholesale killing of innocents to accomplish his goal. How is that different from Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin or Little Green Goofballs or the spittle flecked rants of the legion of wingnut extremist radio hosts led by the likes of Limbaugh? Wingnutopia made a cottage industry out of promoting hate. Worse yet, they have corporate sponsorship for these vile spewings.

Moral equivalency is a tremendous problem. If you cannot understand what is different between Zwahiri and us there is a big problem.

3:51:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Anon - I believe Spocko is covered under fair use. His purpose was to educate the sponsors who apparently were in the dark.

Jack - one more time. I'm not making moral judgements in that post. I'm pointing out the similiarity in the rhetoric and asking what the difference between the two is? So far the only answer I've received is this straw man argument about moral equivalency.
I value your opinion so please explain me how is the rhetoric different. What is it that makes one evil and the other okay?

9:35:00 AM  
Blogger libhom said...

I'm glad the EFF has sent Disney a letter reminding them about fair use and that they need to back down from trying to shut down a blogger engaged in perfectly legal behavior.

http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2007_01.php#005093

4:36:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm glad too libhom. EFF is a fine organization.

8:43:00 PM  

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