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Restored Page-- The page had been replaced with a chain letter. I went to edit page which showed the article in whole but was not displaying such when looking at the article proper. I simply re-posted the page, all seems to be working fine now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Beland (talk) 20:46, 19 March 2008
Removed from article: Some would propose that in place of simple censorship, the United States and many other Western-Style democracies have a more sophisticated approach to manufacturing consent. Political parties and corporate interests will hire public relations firms, who will use spin (a form of propaganda) and distraction to direct people's attention away from issues they prefer not to be discussed, or towards others.
In addition to the disinformation techniques discussed under propaganda, the following media distraction techniques (many based on logical fallacies) are also very popular and effective:
I've listened to the referenced link, the audio file, and understand the concerns of the guest on that program. To recap: This man is a veteran that is running for public office. His son was serving in Iraq. His son tried to stream an audio file about the "Fighting Dems" from a base computer, but it was blocked by "Military Censors." When his son tried to view other streaming audio content, such as the right wing Rush Limbaugh, it worked fine. The guest concluded that he was being censored by military authorities.
The above situation and the further above statement about democrats being censored are both incorrect.
1) AFN, or Armed Forces Network, has nothing to do with Internet services in Iraq. Internet services in Iraq are provided by DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency), NOT AFN. AFN provides radio and TV programs to troops downrange, not Internet. Also, AFN is never mentioned in the referenced audio file.
2) The fact that this item is block is STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE BY DISA. All streaming audio and video is SUPPOSE to be blocked due to computer security issues. The fact that the Rush Limbaugh Show is not block in Iraq is 1) because it was not blocked in error, or 2) Someone has put in the appropriate paperwork for it to get "unblocked" as discussed in the streaming audio link provided above. Considering more troops listen to Republican radio than Democrat radio, this is likely the case.
3) The statement in contention, which has been removed repeatedly, is also in the plural form, as in many shows that feature democrats have being censored. The provided reference only talks about one show.
4) The gentelmen that discuss this in the interview are self admitedly guessing that they are being censored. Therefore it is speculated that must be the reason it can not be streamed from the Internet. Speculation and wild quesses have no place in an encyclopedia.
If you would like to re-add that link to the page, please, let us discuss it here, first. I am open to your views and opinions on this matter. I am not Republican or Democrat, I just want the truth up here. Integrity and elightmentment are values that are anti-censorship. By continually re-adding, without discussing or listening to the fact, you show neither. Please discuss.
any thoughts on whether the effects on free speech could be notable to this article, eg., numbers being censored, source code or binaries illegal, or should it be in the article about the DMCA? I'm talking about the Digital Millenium Copyright Act