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Subj: Re: So where did you guy's stand on the Rogan / Young Spotify war?
Posted: Sat Feb 05, 2022 at 11:09:16 am EST (Viewed 379 times)
Reply Subj: Re: So where did you guy's stand on the Rogan / Young Spotify war?
Posted: Fri Feb 04, 2022 at 05:06:07 pm EST (Viewed 423 times)

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It's interesting that it seems like the political sides have taken on the opposite arguments. You've got the liberals basically saying a corporation should be able to deplatform anyone they don't agree with. Sort of the at-will employment model. A company can fire you at any time for any reason. Or no reason. And the free market will correct. If your work has value you can get a job somewhere else. The guys who fired you, if they made a mistake, will lose market share. A capitalist solution.

Then you've got the conservatives saying that the government should be controlling what the corporations can do. Either with strict regulation or turning social media into government run utilities. It's weird.

And it's so obvious that both sides are only taking these stances because it favors them at the moment. If it was favoring the other guy they would flip-flop.

Personally I believe in the right to protest. Neil Young can boycott Spotify, that's his right. He knew they would side with Rogan because Rogan brings in all the cash. So Young was walking away from money based on principle. That seems honorable. But let's be realistic, he's got plenty of money. He didn't jump on a grenade. Someone else will buy his catalogue.

Having said that, I have never picketed or protested or boycotted anything really because if you're going to make an effort, why not do something more concrete? Get into politics, try to craft some legislation. Or volunteer somewhere and help people that way.

Jon Stewart made a good point that Rogan is someone who is asking questions and you can reason with him. You should engage with him rather than take your ball and go home.

There is nothing honorable about Neil Young. He is human garbage, a drug addict, and if everyone had his thought process we’d go extinct very quickly. He brings nothing to the table with his small intellect. His music is okay, I guess, for passing the time, but he’s a dime a dozen.