Outcry erupted yesterday when it became apparent that Yahoo was censoring e-mails that contained references to the Occupy Wall Street protest. A sender would receive a message that there was “suspicious activity” detected on their account when they tried to send a message relating to the event. Yahoo later responded, saying the culprit was an overzealous spam filter.
But yahoo.com later apologized and said its spam filters had encountered a "false positive."
Is a "false positive" the same as censorship? I'd think not, but then again, how would I ever be able to know if this is The Nation's overzealous use of the word "censoring" or legitimate and somewhat intriguing news?
The "Wall Street protest" caught my attention this morning when I saw four different people had shared news about it on facebook, and one person shamed The New York Times for not covering the story.
And yet, The New York Times is covering the story.
And then, back at you know where after work, it appears a dozen people in equal measure are commenting on the potential for execution in Georgia (temporary stay as best I understand it) and the break up of R.E.M.
I'm in no position to add it all up at present, but this "dissident journalism"--written by a young man with $200,000's worth of undergraduate education (read "NYU") insists, "The point is, we are sick and tired of being ruled by a shadowy and exclusive group of oligarchs." And that the protest's goal is democracy and even "consensus." But he looks like a nice kid from Yeshiva high school who considers himself a student of Melville and Shakespeare. Which, of course, seems nice from this less united perspective. And innocent?
Could the young journalist be among the 60% of American undergrads with a median student loan debt of 23K? Is he a young writer with no job, living on cold floorboards, with a forged passport, in a Manhattan apartment?
Am I living in a different America? Or is everyone living in an individual one with occasional big and little overlaps here and there?
You say you feel fragmented?
Of late night fame?