First, Hi! I'm not dead and I'm still here. Sorry for the absence. Apologies if this is being discussed in the Serious Thread or one of the tech threads already. Last week, Patreon booted Sargon of Akaad for what appears to be not even a violation of their own terms. He used the word "n*gger" in an ironic way when he was in a combative exchange regarding a verbal attack he had been subjected to by neo-Nazis. There is a large network of intellectuals or public thinkers - Jordan Peterson, Dave Rubin, the Weinstein brothers, Joe Rogan, Ben Shapiro, etc - who have nothing in common except that they don't conform to the ultra-left rules and hysteria. They've all had an enormous reaction to Patreon and in this video: Seems to suggest that rather than be subjected to the whims of the monopolistic platforms that have emerged, they're taking matters into their own hands and generating direct-funding models and perhaps a direct-access model that will omit the big guys like YouTube, Paypal, etc. Topic: What do you think of the current climate that seems to clamp down on any speech deemed inappropriate? Has anyone else noticed that it skews entirely to the right and that the left is reaching Communist critical-mass? Alt Topic: Would you contribute to such an alternate network? Is the IDW (tough to really call them a group, given how disparate they are as individuals and that they do not share any ideologies) a valid solution to the restrictions private companies are placing on free speech? *I didn't want to edit the n-word, because this notion that some words are so bad you can't even utter them is fucking ridiculous, but I was worried it would flag an algorithm or something.