In the Spirit of stretching political issues to the ridiculous, such as https://hiddenharmonies.org/2011/04/china-bans-time-travel/, I bring the doom and gloom news that while China is banning the still non-existent technology of time travel, the West is considering banning history or any memory of it, especially those periods not appealing to any citizens.
Around the same time France’s increasingly ultra-Right Wing ultra-Nationalist government and President were forcing through laws to deport unwanted Gypsies and banning Islamic face veils, Europe overall began to consider passing the “Right to Forget” laws, and now re-considering the laws again.
Privacy advocates framed this debate of “Right to Forget” as a matter of privacy, but they don’t want to just forget their own embarassing histories, they want the WHOLE of internet to erase and forget their own embarassing histories.
(Note again, how the debate is framed in terms of “Rights” and liberation).
At the forefront, a plastic surgeon in Spain wants Google to erase the search result linking a former patient who complained on blog about his surgical incompetency.
This isn’t about shutting down some factually dubious interpretation/opinion/social activism framed as “art”, this is actually about shutting down admitted truths and history and public knowledge. (Undoubtedly, if a patient is lying about the Spanish surgeon’s performance, there are libel laws to protect the surgeon, but the surgeon is not asserting that the patient lied. He is asserting “privacy”.)
So what if these laws pass? What next?
Well, French citizens might demand that Google remove search links to Chinese history on the burning/looting of the Summer Palace, because of “right to forget”. Who knows how far the law can be stretched?
While some critics doubt the chances of passage of the “right to forget” laws, I am not so sure, considering the recent history of what has passed as laws in France.
Lastly, this is not just about censorship to mold public opinions, this is about censorship to actually attempt to change facts of history.