by David Sims
HAVE YOU ever wondered what George Orwell meant by the term “doublethink” in his book 1984? I just now found an illustration.
Yahoo Answers has posted the following announcement:
In order to strengthen and improve community and engagement, we are temporarily disabling comments.
Our goal is always to create a safe, engaging place to connect over interests and passions and we’d love your feedback on how to improve this experience. Please email us your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
How is “community engagement” carried out? Through comments. That’s it. There is no other community engagement on Yahoo Answers, other than through comments. When Yahoo disables comments, they prevent community engagement. The idea that community can somehow be improved by disabling comments is self-contradictory.
What’s really going on, of course, is censorship. Some people make comments that Yahoo does not like, and so Yahoo has disabled comments until it figures out a way to control which comments may appear and which comments will be deleted.
Be alert for this kind of nonsense. It’s called “doublethink” because it requires someone to believe in two mutually contradictory propositions at the same time.
(Yahoo, by the way, has just announced they will totally shut down Yahoo Groups, possibly the largest free discussion venue on the Internet, in a few weeks.)
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