I'm late to the watch party on this episode, and am just now watching it. During the part where you're discussing the article about China's credit score system for citizens, Logan states "When we were over there, some of the people were talking about it and they weren't really happy, but China doesn't really like it when you talk about these kinds of things on the air, so it would endanger out ability to return to the country."
Logan, I love you and all the other tek syndicalists, but you gotta be called out on this. This is straight bullshit homie. Straight bullshit cowardice, from my perspective, to put it bluntly. And I don't mean any disrespect, and I'm not going to quit watching the show or posting on the forum or buying things from the store or contributing to tek support when I can afford it, I still support you guys 100%, but I have to call you out on this bullshit.
You shouldn't be censoring yourself, and censoring the input you got from actual Chinese citizens, just because you want to return to China some day. If they're doing shit like this, don't go there. Why support the country with your tourism if they are so authoritarian that you cannot even state the local scuttle butt from the streets of China on issues like this?
I realize that China is where all of the manufacturing in the tech industry is done, and it's interesting to see factories and all that as a viewer of technology related media, but this is ridiculous. China doesn't like you talking about this, so you're not going to talk about this? Come the fuck on man. That's total B.S.
Let's say China isn't the manufacturing center of the tech world, let's say it's Saudi Arabia. So it's Saudi Arabia, and you like to go there to see the factories and make videos for your viewers. But you find out that Saudi Arabia kills gay people and atheists. Are you going to mum's the word on the tek just so you can go back? Obviously a good citizen score card and killing gay people and atheists aren't equivalent, but both are authoritarian, and both should be called out.
Earlier in the show you were talking about how a vendor didn't want to work with you guys because you don't figuratively go down on them like other tek shows do. WTF ARE YOU DOING WITH CHINA IN THIS INSTANCE? You're going down on them man. You're bending over for big brother China and censoring yourself, censoring the things Chinese citizens told you, and you're filtering out that information from your audience who would be very interested to hear what the Chinese people said to you on this issue. So you're going to rightfully tell vendors who pay content creators to push their products to take a hike, but you're going to keep your lips shut for an authoritarian government that creates a horrible repressive good citizen score card system just so you can continue going to visit there?
Personally speaking, I don't even watch the Chinese videos, or even the CPAC stuff or anything like that. I could care less if you never produced another video from China. I can't speak for other people, but that's me. I don't want to see you self censor because you want to go back to China.
As an Anarchist, I cannot let something like this slide. I'm sorry for being so harsh on you, but you need some tough love here Logan.
If I'm way off base, feel free to argue your case. Maybe I just have my Anarchist blinders on, but this is a very clear instance to me where you very clearly fucked up big time, and you shouldn't be doing what you just did, ever.