Article 13.

I’ve been seeing an information video in my feed on YouTube now for a while and finally decided to check out this whole “Article 13” business.

When reading about it here: https://www.verdict.co.uk/what-is-eu-article-13/, my first thought was that it makes it easier to navigate the “freedom of speech waters” in “Europe.”

I’m confused and so are probably tons of other people as well since freedom of speech, free flow of information and democracy is constantly being hailed as one of the reasons as to why we are so very awesome.

In the next news article or sentence though we apparently do not have freedom of speech, since there are elements who are angrily lobbying for the re-introduction of anti-blasphemy laws and establishment characters who are constantly re-defining what “hate-speech” is and isn’t.

People cannot really make up their mind if we are to live in “The People’s Democratic Republic of Europe” or whether or not we are to remain “free.”

With the establishment of Article 13 as laid out in the article above there will be more clarity, so that there is no doubt that there is no such thing as “free-flow-of-information-and-opinions” in Europe, and that what was fought for by our ancestors was a total waste.

It will be the digital platform that you are using who’ll have to make sure that whatever  guidelines are followed. So then we will finally know the truth about what sort of continent we live in, rather than these murky waters where we are being lied to left-right-and-centre and aren’t quite sure what is left or right or up or down.

On the other hand it is being said by social media platforms, etc; that this is a monumental disaster when it comes to content creators. Ok I thought to myself; but this affects those who don’t own their copyright and don’t create their own material and/or use what is available to all such as classical music. Right?

Apparently this Article 13 business can be abused and stretched out to such an extent that the internet will become dull and uninteresting; cracking down on this and that…

…Such as linking to articles, which is something I often do here on my own blog in order to share information, such as my own experiences which I see reflected in other people’s experiences across Europe. I see my own story mirrored in what citizens journalists are sharing on the internet, whereas when I read the mainstream media, I’m usually not sure what the heck I’m looking at. Sharing content is what people do on Facebook as well when they share links to articles or videos that they enjoy…

Since I’m a YouTube creator and a YouTube partner, and since I’m constantly sharing online articles on my blog, I’m throwing myself on this hashtag, even though I’m not quite sure yet how this will affect my own YouTube channel and what I do as a musician. In the name of YouTube/Internet solidarity; here we go: #SaveYourInternet

 

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