My Take— 01

Richard Crim
6 min readMay 10, 2022

On Free Speech, the First Amendment, and Twitter.

Because, who doesn't like a sleeping cat?

We have been here before.

Historical context used to be important to us as a culture.

When we had important cultural\governmental issues to decide, we would look to the past for examples of what does and doesn’t work. So to me, the current debate over Elon Musk’s attempt to purchase Twitter, in order to allow Trump to escape his social media exile, seems very unmoored from historical context.

We used to regulate the “Press” and mediums like radio, movies, and television.

For example.

When was the last time you saw a Virginia Slims cigarette ad on television?

They were common when I was a child. So were Saturday cartoon shows for children where the main character would say something like “Kids, tell your mom that you only want Wonder Bread and that she’s a BAD Mommy if she won’t buy it for you”. You know why that kind of shit was on the air?

Because advertising\propaganda works.

When we realized that, we regulated. Because industry will abuse that power to make money. They have to be supervised. This is not a new thing.

Remember “Yellow Journalism”?

Remember when a “Rogue billionaire” named Randolph Hearst used the power of his papers to start a war. When he published lies that resulted in the Spanish American War and the United States acting like Russia is doing right now. When we attacked a foreign country so that we could seize Cuba and the Philippines.

Remember that?

You don’t?

Well, once the new Trumpublican textbook standards get implemented, no one will.

Remembering when America did evil shit, just makes White Kids feel bad about their country. It’s unpatriotic. Stuff like that, “divides us” says Ron DeSantis and the rest of the Trumpublican Fascists.

They think that remembering there was a reason we passed laws that didn’t allow anyone to control too much of the press should be forgotten.

Disinformation is not a “new” thing. We used to…



Richard Crim

My entire life can be described in one sentence: Things didn’t go as planned, and I’m OK with that.