Algorithms only block censored words they’re programmed to block
And I got a slap on the social media wrist, today, when I posted a simple statement. It said, “Tyranny and Tranny are SO similar. Y is that? Just a little play on words and letters. And did I say something that isn’t true?
But I got a message that said, people wouldn’t be able to see my tweet because “this Tweet may violate Twitter’s rules against Hateful Conduct.”
What did I say that’s hateful? And see why I say it’s people? Because an algorithm wouldn’t know what I meant by the word, “tranny.” And, I’m smart enough to know that’s brought on my censored words.
Many years ago, I talked about how these days would come. And not so long ago I reiterated the message and shared lyrics from 1996. Here’s what I said:
I’m not a pessimist. In fact, most people who have ever known me would probably tell you I’m a very “up” person. And I’m proud to be an American. This is not the country it once was, but it’s still the best place to be on the planet. Consider that I’m able to sit here in my studio/office and type these words into a laptop computer and hit “publish” and watch my words go out to the world. Not just words approved by the state. Or words censored by a totally depraved and tyrannical government.
No. These are…my words.
I’m still free enough to write words of chastisement toward my country without fear of the gallows, or dungeons, or banishment to some frozen wasteland.
At least for now.
But I’m concerned that the day is coming when my words will not be allowed to go out to the world. The day is coming when my Christian belief will immediately label me a “hater”. Think not? Think again. That day is essentially already here. I’m not surprised about it. Jesus said it would happen. He even said “whoever kills you will think he does God a service“.
Don’t you see that happening in other parts of the world? Is there any reason to think it can’t happen here? Or where you are? I say, no. But if you’d like to make sure it happens to as few people as possible…
Would you like to reach the top
And never have the journey stop? Say Yeah! Say Yeah!
Could you try to hold a hand
Just to help somebody stand? Say Yeah!
Would you give a word or two
To win a soul or win a few? Say Yeah! Say Yeah!
Do you want to change the way
Public servants act today? Say Yeah!
How many laws have to be passed
Before we’re obscured in the shadows they cast?
And how many plans must we invent
Before we can step beyond mere intent?
Do you see the pattern form
How the wrong becomes the norm? Say Yeah! Say Yeah!
Would you like to stop the ride;
Could you dare to take a side? Say Yeah! Say Yeah!
How many cuts are we to take
Before we can see just whose blood is at stake?
We can’t leave the job to the land of the free
Cause when it boils down…that’s just you…you and me.
If we don’t watch, someone’ll be watching for us.
If we don’t care then how can we complain.
We don’t have to give it up and say it’s over.
We can change it here, we don’t have to live in fear.
And we don’t have to cry in vain.
© 1992 Tony Funderburk
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