The most annoying thing in any conversation is when people drop a meme bomb, some simple concept they've heard elsewhere in a nice package that they really haven't thought through, which takes time and nuance to rebut. These memes are often bankrupt of any meaning.
When discussing censorship, which is wildly popular these days, people keep repeating these same memes to justify it:
- you can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater
- but this speech is harmful
- Karl Popper's Paradox of Tolerance
- censorship/free-speech don't apply to private organizations
- Twitter blocks and free speech
This post takes some time to discuss these memes, so I can refer back to it later, instead of repeating the argument every time some new person repeats the same old meme.