The phrase “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” was something that was introduced to me when I first joined Facebook back in 2011..funny enough it was actually the caption to my first profile picture. I didn’t really think too much into what it meant, to my 11-year-old brain I just thought it means to block out evil things or negativity…I also just thought it sounded cool..After doing a little bit of research I learned that it is based on a Japanese pictorial maxim that is a visual representation of a proverb, that depicts three wise monkeys doing the various hand gestures. The proverb itself is associated with being of good mind, speech, and action. In western society, the phrase is often used to refer to turning a blind eye. When it comes to censorship I think the proverb meaning is a hodgepodge of the three and I think I was surprisingly correct in my thinking of blocking out the “evil” but when I thought of the things I was blocking out, I guess I didn’t realize, the “evil” was some completely subjective and might not even be so evil after all.
With all of that being said, I guess my whole point of beginning with that little anecdote was to basically get into what I look forward to learning about this semester. This semester I look forward to learning about what types of content is censored the most and why. I also want to learn why certain content is censored in some places and why they aren’t in others (basically the subjectivity of censorship).
As for what types of censorship I find to be the most concerning, I would say for me is altering or using selective information. The reason being is that we are in climate in our country where “fake news” is being thrown around every which where, and I feel like I have no idea what’s real and what’s fake and where I should be getting my news and information. Not to be cheesy, but how can you see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil..if you don’t even know what the evil is?
The censorship I’m the most interested in learning about this semester is demonetization and the reason being is because I watch a lot of YouTube and I always hear this word being thrown around by different creators. For example, here is a Video posted by a YouTuber named Philip DeFranco, he has a news content related YouTube channel. In his video, he talks about how he was demonetized intentionally by YouTube due to the news content he reports about and how he actually reports those stories.
Now I do understand the basics of what it means to be demonetized, but I guess I would just like to go into more detail about what it is and what kind of “evil” content will get you demonetized.
In the end though, I’m really excited to take this class and I look forward to becoming more aware of what censorship is and how it affects us as a whole!