A new era of censoriousness?
Hitting out at how a “panicked damage control” is leading to the delivery of “hasty and disproportionate punishments instead of considered reforms”, the letter criticises how “editors are fired for running controversial pieces; books are withdrawn for alleged inauthenticity; journalists are barred from writing on certain topics; professors are investigated for quoting works of literature in class; a researcher is fired for circulating a peer-reviewed academic study; and the heads of organisations are ousted for what are sometimes just clumsy mistakes”.
The article points towards a distinct aggressiveness toward those who voice opinions that others disagree with. We hear a lot about "tolerance", but the ideas presented her beg the question, "How tolerant are we as a society?" It's one things to strongly disagree with an opinion, and other to disallow dissension and opposing views. Do we want this kind of suppression- let alone censorship- to proliferate?
Thoughts are very much welcome/encouraged but please consider reading the article first.