The Memory Hole, Real-time Version

John Derbyshire (the Derb) was cited in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for today. The operative phrase is “was cited” because the citation was removed within hours.

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Notice there is a glitch in the Matrix. The section remains titled “Examples” (plural). Derb fills in the details:

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Author: drlorentz

photon whisperer & quantum mechanic

7 thoughts on “The Memory Hole, Real-time Version”

  1. And in the same vein, the Trump administration is supposedly considering delegating the possibility of exercising the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms to Google, Facebook et al; They would determine our social standing. If it’s good enough for the Chicoms, it’s good enough for us. I hope this is merely Trump misdirection – chum for MSM sharks – and not a serious proposal. Simply put the term “neuropsychiatric” in a policy proposal and ipso facto, it is science.

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  2. The funny thing is, the citation is from National Review in July 2002, which is almost a full decade before the defenestration of Derb by that magazine in April 2012 following publication of his article “The Talk: Nonblack Version” in Taki’s Magazine (note, not in National Review).

    So, Derb was presumably memory-holed because of his reputation due to events ten years after the quote they cited.

    “Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future.”

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  3. John Walker:
    The funny thing is, the citation is from National Review in July 2002, which is almost a full decade before the defenestration of Derb by that magazine in April 2012 following publication of his article “The Talk: Nonblack Version” in Taki’s Magazine (note, not in National Review).

    I remember it well. That’s when I started sending him money and reading Taki Mag: probably not the reaction the defenestrators were hoping for. Blame it on Barbra.

    Derb used to be considered a respectable, mainstream (albeit right-of-center) commentator. Now he’s considered Nazi-adjacent. How times have changed.

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  4. I was surprised to be memory holed (Can it be a verb?).  Who knew that writing about fairness and bias was so anti-civil?

    I do have to hand it to Merriam-Webster for making an unread thing controversial. The left has to airbrush out the non persons.

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  5. Has any society thrive by memory holing things? It stifles creativity and can cause a brain drain of people moving to freer places.

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  6. 10 Cents:
    Has any society thrive by memory holing things? It stifles creativity and can cause a brain drain of people moving to freer places.

    Unless it’s hard or impossible to leave.

    Hard to leave: Hong Kong
    Impossible to leave: USSR, the rest of the Eastern Bloc, China under Mao.

    Thrive, maybe not. Survive for generations, heck yeah. Ruin the lives over a billion people, kill about 100 million? Yup.

    Also, consider that the alternatives are few, small, and closed off. Maybe that’s why our betters are less concerned about brain drain. Where do you recommend going?

    Edit: This looks reasonable. I’d consider it if not for family issues.

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