I’m in full agreement with both of you and overgeneralized using the word ‘censorship.’ That’ll happen when I compose early Saturday morning historical missives…
What I should have said:
"Within the Western democracies that maintained relatively lax attitudes toward creative expression in the 20th century, the expansion of low-cost and user-generated media channels led to increased divergence of cultural interests and the marketplace. The traditional media companies lost tight control over the mass market as their costly production and distribution networks were no longer necessary. The taste makers could no longer dictate taste – even as the mass market often gravitated toward banal, lowest common denominator entertainment (I’m talking about you Kim Kardashian and most YouTube stars).
In those societies that did not permit political or creative expression before the PC era (e.g., China, Iran), there was only a modest change from prior censorship practices. Furthermore, news quality and fairness standards in ‘free’ countries sharply declined as the traditional media channels struggled to remain relevant and financially viable. Standards for publication fell after NBC censored the Monica Lewinsky story (1998) and leaks directly led to the rise of the Drudge Report. The media today is so sharply polarized and echo-chamber oriented that left and right wing sources cover entirely different topics. This can be seen at the “purple” news aggregation page below:
However, I’ve now digressed many miles from boy bands."