The Streisand Effect: When Censorship Backfires

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Where does Barbara streisand live or where she once live? I said, Charlie, what does that have to do with anything? Barbara streisand has a big house or had I don't know if she still lives there. And Barbra Streisand was very upset that a certain photographer who wanted to try and catalog the erosion of the California coastline happened to photograph Barbra Streisand's home. Barbra Streisand did everything she possibly could to try to remove this. Barbara streisand was very upset that anyone would dare photograph her home. So this was put on the Internet and Barbra Streisand found out that her house was photographed. She said this was a violation of privacy. Now mind you, this was literally just some environmentalists that was taking pictures of the coastline. So Barbra Streisand realized this and up until she decided to do something about it the image was downloaded 6 times. 6 people were interested in her home. But once she filed a lawsuit to try to prevent anyone from finding out where the house was, the picture became international news and was downloaded 420,000 times in the following month. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed because there really is no violation of privacy to photograph what you can see in a helicopter. This started something known as the streisand effect. It's a phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove or censor information, has the unintended consequence of increasing awareness of that information. Often via the Internet. This is exactly what is happening right now with Merrick Garland and the national school board association. In an attempt to censor moms and dads to show up to the school board meeting, just like how Barbra Streisand wanted to censor her home from being on the Internet. We're only 6 people went and saw it. As a result of that and the national school board association and Merrick Garland going after, the grassroots push of parents that have started to care about what's happening to their kids education. We are now seeing more people talk about the national school board association story than ever before.

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