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Big Tech and a canceled book

Q&A | A political philosopher discusses Amazon’s recent ban of his bestseller
by Megan Basham
Posted 3/11/21, 03:34 pm

A Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll released on March 1 revealed that 64 percent of Americans—including 48 percent of Democrats—believe cancel culture poses a threat to U.S. freedom. Amazon.com’s recent decision to deplatform Ryan T. Anderson’s 2018 bestseller When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment (Encounter Books) is the sort of news likely contributing to those fears. The megaretailer purged the book from its main site, as well as subsidiaries Audible and AbeBooks, sometime around Feb. 21.

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From bad to worse

Business | Decades-old business attitudes were canaries in the cultural coal mine
by Joel Belz
Posted 2/25/21, 09:07 am

In the early days of WORLD Magazine we struggled to stay alive. We knew the lifeblood of most successful magazines was advertising revenue. We had learned that magazines like Time, People, and Better Homes & Gardens typically secured two-thirds of their revenue from ads, with loyal subscribers providing the rest.

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Canceled and deplatformed

Technology | Will online conservative voices be silenced after right-wing groups stormed Capitol Hill?
by Juliana Chan Erikson
Posted 1/28/21, 08:02 am

After a Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C., left five people dead, major technology companies moved swiftly to cut connections with right-wing extremist groups and anyone deemed associated with them. Within days, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Google had suspended accounts linked to former President Donald Trump and the right-leaning social network Parler.

The post-riot purge raised the question: Would conservative voices be broadly silenced online? The answer depends on where you look.

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