Monday, December 21, 2015
The unacceptable and arbitrary control exercised by Google
Yesterday's post about the removal from YouTube of John McLaughlin Williams playing Philippa Schuyler's music lamented the totally unacceptable and arbitrary control that Google exercises over our lives. My online protest against the removal of the video - which was accompanied by a formal appeal to YouTube - quickly received significant support. Within twelve hours of the protest going online the message above was received from YouTube. No apology or explanation has been offered by YouTube for what John McLaughlin Williams described on Facebook as "an embarrassingly craven and undeserved act of censorship". In one of the supportive comments added to my protest, composer Kevin Scott describes Philippa Schuyler as "a complex and intriguing American woman". The frightening thing is that John McLaughlin Williams' important contribution to the study of Philippa would have remained arbitrarily censored if On An Overgrown Path - and that includes its readers who are as important to the blog as me - had not robustly confronted YouTube and its parent Goggle. What other material arbitrarily deemed inappropriate has been more successfully censored by Google? The now uncensored performance of Philippa Schuyler's music is embedded below. John McLaughlin Williams' invaluable and eloquent analysis of her music can be read via this link.
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