I wanted to take time during this weekend to celebrate freedom in the United States of America to address how freedom is starting to become an endangered concept. Don't get me wrong it's not like it will be completely gone in the next 3 years but we are seeing a trend towards freedom going to the most vocal in the crowd.
I can point to things that have happened on this site as one of the prime examples of this growing worry I have over some of our fundamental rights being curtailed.
1. CallMePo had all of their stuff taken down by the site and was banned about a month before I wrote this, all because of a blow up over a picture of Raven from Teen Titans. That artist had been in some trouble before over a picture of some kind before and wound up being on a kind of "final warning" situation from what I remember and someone complained about another picture in the gallery. As far as the picture goes the question of should it be drawn is a moot point, it almost seems like people are watching certain galleries looking for questionable content so they can get them.
posted a journal in the last couple of weeks mentioning that he was giving up posting artwork on this site due to the harassment he's been getting from people, apparently one of these people commented on a journal about his patreon page about what would be "fair" but in reality was completely unrealistic in regards to work and the amount the person was willing to pay each month for said work. So eventually he decided he was going to stop posting new things on his page except for a few things that he had already set up to post, once those pieces are done that's it. There will be nothing else posted to this site. In fact here is the full text of the journal I'm referencing that explains why he's leaving. Leaving DA
I'm sure there are more examples out there of people being forced off of the site but those are the two I know about personally. The primary problem I'm seeing is that a growing number of people are starting to believe the notion of "I'm right and everyone should think the same way I do", woe be to anyone that dares to disagree with them. This notion is threatening to destroy the traditional form of consensus building through informed debates about topics and attempts to engage in an honest and open dialog about issues of the day.
I can give you a decent example, the current firestorm over the Confederate Flag. Even in the 80's and the 90's there would be honest debate about what the flag means and how people perceive it. Is it solely about slavery? Is it about independence? Is it about the people that went to fight and die for a cause even if they didn't totally believe in it themselves? You could have an honest debate about the issue where both sides would try to influence the other side with facts, they would try to come up with a convincing argument either for or against the issue.
Now looking at the same debate today things are significantly different. Now one side will come in with facts about the issue expecting a debate and the other side will come in full of emotion, make a declaration that may have some basis in fact, and then proceed to insult anyone who dares to disagree with them. This is ludicrous, it only closes people's minds to the opposing point of view. Of course the worst part is one side of the "debate" these days comes in with their minds closed, they've already made up their minds about the issue and you won't be able to convince them otherwise.
So what does this mean for the future? Nothing good. The emotional and accusing arguments are starting to get louder and the people actually doing logical arguments are being silenced, leading to poor decisions being made on shaky ground (at best). Decisions that affect everyone should be presented as an option to everyone instead of the vocal minority serving whatever agenda they're currently pursuing.