EAGLEMANIACAL.com is a small platform. It doesn’t have thousands of daily or (at this point), weekly readers. It’s not monetized. In fact, the only time this website ever had a financial aspect to it, is when I briefly made and sold t-shirts (and tried to sell jerseys), back when I first started out in 2014. Despite all the things it may not be, what this site is, is 100% MINE.
That means, my speech is never censored by a sponsor, or anyone else who can punish me for speaking my mind. So I can say anything I damned well please, in any goddamned way I fucking please, and anybody who doesn’t like it, can bleed from the eyes, then fuck all the way off.
I say that because, I’m seeing a crazy rash of my friends on Facebook, being penalized over some of the silliest shit. A 2 day suspension here. A 7 day suspension there. A 30 day ban. A pair of Ray Bans. Usually over practically nothing. Just for speaking their minds!
Recently, a number of Facebook’s sponsors began pulling their advertisements (i.e. ad revenue), because they feel that the social media platform, isn’t doing enough to cut down on “hate speech”. This of course is only going to make FB more aggressive towards sniffing out “hate speech”, and result in even more goofy suspensions.
I would advise you not to quit any influential social media outlet, out of frustration. Removing your voice from the debate, doesn’t end the debate. Falling silent just means, when policy makers want to sample public opinion on how to proceed, there may be no voices like yours, for them to hear. We need our better voices.
As a huge believer in free speech, plenty gets said that I don’t like, and am even offended by. That said, my sensitivities shouldn’t define the boundaries of what you can say, and vice versa. While there are certain words that I’ve blocked from my site (faggot, nigger, queer, etc.), it was done more to keep discourse civil, than with an eye towards censorship.
Though I’ve never had a FB suspension or ban, if the day comes when you don’t see me on there, you can always find me HERE. (Hell, I even made it possible to e-mail me.) While I’m not looking to have a silly showdown with FB, I won’t be made to wear fucking gag either.
While I don’t frequently deviate from talking about football here, I have used this platform to discuss baseball, politics, kneeling during the anthem, even our skyline and how it took shape. This is a place to relax, loosen our belts, and express our ideas. Both popular and un.
Given the state of the world, I may sprinkle in a little more non-football stuff. I have a platform here. Why not use it to promote ‘free thought’? Why not use it to have HONEST discussions, and even bring up a couple of uncomfortable subjects, that may provide us with new perspectives?
Once upon a time, Americans were courageous enough to talk to each other plainly. I’m out to prove that, that is not a dead trait among our people. I just hope that you’re with me.