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November 07, 2023
Government Wants To Regulate Smart TVs, Make State-Funded News Appear Ahead Of Commercial Outlets
In North Korea, it is believed there are radios you can never turn off. It is alleged that this radio broadcasts regime propaganda into citizens’ homes day and night without rest. The volume could be lowered but never turned off.
This is very similar to a Telescreen.
In 1984, Orwell introduced the telescreen, a television that functioned as a surveillance tool for the government. People were required to keep the screens on at all times and you could only lower the volume.
Well, since North Korea already has them, obviously Australia had to be the next lucky winner to be awarded these lovely Telescreens.
If the Panny D taught anyone anything, it was that many governments around the world think their citizens are too stupid to be their own arbiters of truth and officials must tell you when it is safe to go outside. You know, because how else would you know if an invisible thing comes within six feet of you that may or may not give you the sniffles?
Anyways, Australia was one of those countries that showed its true colors. It was during the Panny D that we witnessed that the Land Down Under had more similarities to North Korea than we could have even imagined.
Obviously, North Korea and Australia are two completely different scenarios and I am only comparing the two, they are not the same. Australia only had camps for people who may or may not have the sniffles. North Korea has much more than sniffle camps.
Australia's Federal Labor Government now wants to control what Australians watch on their smart TVs.
“Labor is mounting a draconian push to regulate devices in living rooms which will limit the freedom of Australians to see the most relevant content when they switch on their TV,” according to Sky News.
For example, a search of “Gaza” or “Israel” is expected to send you to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) or Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) as they would be given priority in the order of apps.
This makes one question: is this really what Australians want? Do Australians really want more government censorship in their lives?
The Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP, said that this proposed framework "aims to strike the right balance between protection from harmful misinformation online and freedom of speech."
Oh great, the government wants to tell you what’s true and what’s false. What could possibly go wrong?
Look, free speech is the bedrock of a free society. And when government officials like Rowland start making laws regarding what speech is permissible due to online “disinformation” we know that cannot be good.
Freedom of speech and the Marketplace of ideas are key to countering disinformation or misinformation. Due to the potential of abuse being so bad, this has no place in a “free” society.
The Australian government is not only treating its citizens like children, but it also gives one the impression that officials may favor one political party or belief over another.
Governments simply cannot be the arbiters of truth because acceptance of ideas depends on their competition.