The idea behind the “Marketplace of Ideas” is that when ideas are allowed to compete, the people who hold those ideas must actually defend them from competing points of view and make the case for what they believe.
Thus, it’s hoped, ideas that are based on ignorance or outdated notions will slowly but surely go by the wayside.
There’s a lot more to it than this.
Disney’s had a lot of movies either under-perform or outright flop over the last few years, merchandise sales for several franchises have been poor at various points, and Disney has allowed Marvel Comics proper to slide into a morass of mediocrity because they only care about the value of the characters themselves.
The company had issues even before it tried to actively get into politics.
There are people who, for one reason or another, feel compelled to do horrible things, and sometimes the target is a church.
It’s become depressingly common to read about churches being vandalized, broken into, or even set on fire, often as a result of religious bigotry.
There have also been several instances of armed assailants barging into churches and causing tragedies.
Most ministers now make it a point to have their buildings locked up tight if they’re unoccupied, and some congregations even have members acting as security.
I recall how back in the late 1980s a snack food company actually took potato skins, did them up like potato chips, and sold them as a snack in their own right. The end product was actually quite good, but never really caught on. Different companies have tried to bring them back, with various results.
There’s actually a thing called “depressive realism”, where people who are pessimistic often prove better at predicting and thus preparing for worst-case scenarios and other negative situations than optimists, who often never even believed such a situation could happen.
If he’s lived his life by way of “depressive realism” and then tried to become optimistic about life, he could have been caught flat by some unfortunate circumstance he might have otherwise seen.
If anything, he’d likely be pleased to have sold off his stock, as between the two Bobs (Chapek and Iger) Disney has been so badly mismanaged that the company has run several brands into the ground and lost numerous critical allies. It’s pretty much taken for granted that the company will no longer be able to get any copyrights extended, meaning “Steamboat Willie” and other Disney titles will soon be in the Public Domain.
The Big Bang Theory is a big contributor to negative stereotypes about individuals with high-functioning autism, and Young Sheldon is essentially a massive retcon to try and explain Sheldon’s actions and personality as a result of a questionable upbringing rather than solely his being on the spectrum.
Ask people who are on the spectrum how they feel about these two shows, and you will likely get a very negative reaction before too long.
It’s not so much Uber and Lyft that did away with bike shares as it is rising crime rates in many major urban areas. The bikes were often targeted for theft because they were left in the open as they were.
As it is, there are people who for one reason or another cannot make do with just a bike. These include people with physical disabilities that prevent them from being able to ride one properly, parents who need to bring their children with them to locations, and people who are using their vehicles to transport large items / large quantities of items.
It was all the way back in 1984 or so that an early issue of the “Transformers” comic book made a joke about a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman having to ply his trade on a bike because his car was in the repair shop.
The controversies come down to:
1. Did Hunter cash in on his dad’s political office for his own profit?
2. Did Joe know what Hunter was doing?
3. If he did know, was Joe profiting from it?
4. Did the social media suppression of the original New York Post story come as a result of undue outside pressure on the various platforms to silence a story that was inconvenient to the Biden campaign?
If the answer to any of these four questions is “yes”, then we’ve got some pretty significant problems.
The rumors I’m hearing are saying that because of inefficient work processes at Twitter they had far more employees than they actually needed, which is why Elon Musk was looking to trim the head count in the first place: he figured that once the work processes were streamlined, he could get more work out of fewer employees.