Wayne Federman, author of the history of the art form, surveys a battlefield strewn with Chappelle, episodes of 'Friends' and 'Seinfeld', and competing values
Spotify dumping Rogan would be what David Sacks calls a "bubble move." It serves the hysterical Blue Checks on Twitter, and the mainstream press that feeds off of them, but alienates everyone else. Jen Psaki and the Biden Administration, key politicians and the Blue Checks should really keep pressuring Spotify to lose Rogan. I mean, what could possibly go wrong? It isn't like the Democrats are LOSING voters in key demographics. I think they can, you know, afford to lose, say, 11 million working class center left voters. Reminds me of that line in Spinal Tap, "the Boston's gig's been canceled. But I wouldn't worry. It's not a big college town."
“Joe is caught between those who value open and free discourse versus those who think some ideas and language are simply unacceptable online” … I am sorry but that is BS … yes there is open discourse, but what Joe did is like debating if 2+2=4 and saying that no, it’s 5.4 … open discourse needs to recognize facts … especially when the result can mean people die. Spotify paid millions for content which means they are no longer a platform but a publisher. And with that come responsibilities. If they want to keep publishing this type of content then they represent it (they paid for it). Now I am more than happy for them to keep doing it, but don’t complain if people leave your service. I don’t care if Spotify stops partnering with Rogan, but i care if they want to have it both ways, pay and publish Rogan and be perceived as a non Rogan platform.