Restricting Your Experience

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This starts with a rant so if you’d like to skip write to the writing prompt today the next paragraph is pure prompt. You may or may not have heard that YouTube has brought about something called “Restricted Mode.” The company spokesperson has been quoted saying: “Restricted Mode is an optional feature used by a very small subset of users who want to have a more limited YouTube experience.” The idea seems completely ridiculous to me as it implies that you have no control over what you watch. If you don’t want to watch a video, you don’t have to. But this new feature has been noticed and brought on a lot of anger from the LGBTQ community. I’ve posted a video below that I think gets to the core of why so many LGBTQ users are upset by the fact that the “Restricted Mode” is censoring their videos. YouTube has released a statement that they are looking into the problem. The best way I can think to fix it is if the Restricted Mode is as they stated before going to be “used by a very small subset of users” perhaps allow it to be customizable. Allow these users to flag the subjects they don’t want to see. Again I think the concept in general is ridiculous, if you don’t want to watch something then just don’t do it. (There is this whole concept called “free will” that you can look into.) But you’re not here to read a rant. You’re here for a writing prompt.

Write a scene that features placing restrictions on what can and can’t be watched. Who is deciding what these restrictions are? What content have they been restricting? How wide spread do these restrictions go? Are people ever aware that the restrictions are in place? If not, do they start to find out in some way? If so, are they doing anything to fight against the restrictions?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

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