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The not-so-innocence of Google and Media

September 19, 2012

So you push someone’s buttons once, they uproar, you push them twice, they uproar twice, and then you keep pushing… you can’t complain that you haven’t been warned.
I’m quite appalled by the murder of the American Ambassador and staff in Libya and the violence that’s erupting across the Islamic world, but i’m completely with these outraged people’s right to demonstrate and express their disgust by this “film” or “this shit”, whatever you want to call it.
I watched the film. Frankly, i would have slapped someone afterwards! It’s disgusting! Appalling! Frustrating and outrageously offending! (the killing of the American Ambassador in Libya looks a bit more planned to me, however in no way a justified act of outrage of any form of protest. My deepest condolences to the families of the people who have passed in the past few days because of this film)

The Innocence Of Muslims Screenshot

The Innocence Of Muslims Screenshot

… Freedom of Speech. Yes, it’s your freedom to express your “opinion” about things, everything really, the market of ideas, thoughts, debate, controversy, etc is a beautiful and soul enriching experience. But, it’s quite different when the conversation resorts to ad hominem that’s not exactly freedom anymore, that’s low, and that’s exactly what the movie is, an attempt to play a low ball.

Here’s what i’ve been reading about the fiasco:
The Huffington Post: What Google Isn’t Telling Us About The Video It’s Banned In 5 Countries (And Counting)
// Will Russia Ban Yotube?
CNN (Jillian C. York): Should Google censor an anti-Islam video?
Google rejects White House request to pull anti-Islam film, again
Saudi Arabia threatens to ban YouTube over anti-Islam film
Actor duped into appearing in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ explains
2nd ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Actress Says Actors Were Unaware Of Film’s Anti-Muhammad Plot
Does ‘Innocence of Muslims’ meet the free-speech test?
etc.. etc.. etc..

It’s crazy, absurd, un-realistic. I do think Google/Youtube can remove the clip/film, as it has done that before on other videos that were available online that showed Israeli soldiers beating and torturing “stone-throwing” ten-year olds, women, and elderly. (I was in the middle of a research one semester in college and half way through the research many of the videos i had saved disappeared)
In fact, Youtube has a report button, and i believe it meets their policy that if enough people report a film/clip is would be removed, not due to government pressure, but due to mass users’ requests. Or does that report button even work?  Also, when it comes to the 1st Amendment, i’m just not so sure the clip meets the freedom of speech mark either.

And finally, how is this film ok, while the AlManar App (Hezbollah’s Media Station) that was removed from Google Play/Android Market  and App Store, not? Who defines what is Terrorism and who put you Google in charge to discriminate?

"America Terrorist"

“America Terrorist”

What’s even more disgusting is this French Magazine that wants to ride the wave of fame: French magazine publishes naked Prophet cartoons, and in as a preemptive measure: France braces for protests after satirical magazine publishes nude Prophet Mohammed cartoons and  close 20 premises over cartoons. Disgusting.

Charlie Hebdo Front Cover

Charlie Hebdo Front Cover

What the fuck kind of “civilization” is the world trying to throw at the region?! And why should such provocation be tolerated by anyone?! How is this different from called a black person “nigger” and laughing as they rage in return? how is this not racism!

P.S. NewsWeeks #MuslimRage attempt sucks

Rant Over. Freedom of speech is encouraged in the comments.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Hasan permalink
    September 20, 2012 8:05 am

    I didn’t watch the movie and will not, if the video has so many views it will please the publishers and make them feel like victorious,

    • September 20, 2012 8:08 am

      I don’t think it makes a difference if they have 10 views or 10,000,000 at this point. They made headlines internationally and they aren’t making any money from the views because most of the videos available are not by the actual producer.

      • Hasan permalink
        September 20, 2012 11:09 am

        I am not, talking about money, if someone makes a video and it gets so many views, or links, he will get encouraged to do more videos, so not watching the video is like taking a stand from the movie, I already know what the movie is about, and I know its disgusting,so not watching it is better than doing

  2. September 20, 2012 9:26 am

    Unfortunately, one company can control what goes online and what doesn’t!! That’s really scary to get to this point.

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