I’ve an essay in Standpoint on the failure of the hopes that the Internet would bring in a new age of free speech and critical inquiry in which I argue
For its utopian boosters, the Web cannot be just another form of publishing. The new medium brings a new message and that is: censorship is doomed because banned material can flit round cyberspace as informed people fact-check online and expose the mistakes of the complacent mainstream.
Unfortunately, there is barely a word of truth in either claim. Traditional censors are finding it surprisingly easy to operate on the internet and stunted party-line thinking has never been so prevalent.