At 5/14/19 03:05 PM, StickmanMarkinson wrote:
Well Cyber, there is a difference between certain companies/corporate giants and/or governments blocking some certain 'content' and users blocking the content themselves. Well that depends on what the user is blocking. If the user hates adult content, blocks it, then I don't blame them for that, besides not everyone likes adult content and it's still considered taboo with new comers coming in today, some old users are starting to notice it for the first time, or for people that never explored the internet long enough to know. Well you're right Cyber, that everything changes over time for the tagging system. Especially if the new users don't know a thing or two about the history of Adult content.
If I didn't like someone's content, I would rather block the user, but instead I don't care anymore, due to having less time on the internet and exploring less of the art pages.
Some people don't care about biased browsing because it happened since 2012 or earlier, not everyone comes in the internet to research certain stuff and tutorials that they need for daily use or to repair something, something.
Well some people have freedom to post content, other users are free to block the content as well. (For now) Well only the minority of users of the internet care about biased browsing (it's small and in vain).
You're right that things have changed a lot the past few years, that this isn't the same as bigger companies controlling what we have access to - or personalizing content as per our consumption/browsing history (which I really don't like), that it's definitely become a more accepted practice, and that it is in part great that the users have this freedom. It's definitely better that someone be able to block a certain form of content or user, than constantly be aggravated when they see it, and maybe post some nasty reviews in response. I've always liked the age ratings too, and how easy they make it to filter content that's simply not proper depending on what place you might be browsing the site in. It's easy to toggle on and off, and doesn't feel so much as a form of blocking as a filter. Like searching for a specific form of content, rather than selectively choosing what you want to hide.
I guess what I'm saying here is I wish users would be a bit more open-minded, that they'd want to see content they're not necessarily interested in, and accept everything for what it is, choosing to focus on what they like within that stream rather than block what they don't. Some of the content's prone to be controversial or unlikable, but that's just the nature of art sometimes. Of course some topics or styles just might not be appealing to you no matter how much you're exposed to them either, but you'll know they're there. It'd be like touring the worn down parts of a city you visit rather than just the tourist area. You won't just get to see what you know you want to, but your experience will be all the richer, and maybe you'll stumble upon something you really love. The real culture of the place, unfiltered and wholesome. Good and bad.
In a way it's great if different content forms all get their own fanbase this way and keep thriving, if people divide themselves, but at the same time this want to get rid of certain content goes against the openness I'd like to see in the world overall. Understanding's the root to learning, and if people just block whatever they don't like they'll never understand it, or grow to appreciate it, or at the least: experience it. I draw a parallel to society as a whole here, but at the same time I do understand the need to filter the content you want to see when you only have so much time and effort to spend here. It's all priorities after all. Ease of consumption comes over personal development and broadening perspectives, and especially if you're here more to consume than explore, which is totally OK too.
As long as it's optional it's great. More power to the user. Personally I'd just really rather see everything, than fine tune it as I believe it might be best for me. Those preferences probably won't be the same tomorrow unless I intentionally make them stick, by staying away from content I still hadn't grown to appreciate.
Btw just noticed your quoted bits didn't carry across in the quote above, seems like NG cuts out nested quotes automatically now... did read those too, though! Good info.