There can’t be many people who haven’t heard something of the debate over PayPal’s attempts to censor epublications. Of course, we know that the credit card companies are behind that. Now, I’ve a few thoughts and questions and I hope I’ll be forgiven if I go over old, well trodden ground.
I’ll admit that there are certain things I, personally, wish nobody found it necessary to write about. My form of censorship is to refuse to buy those works – the equivalent of changing channels on the TV, or the power button.
Now, let me ask a question: Are PayPal and the credit card companies only applying this censorship to Epublications? I haven’t heard anything suggesting that bookshops are about to discover that those highly controversial hardbacks, paperbacks, graphic novels and comics can no longer be included on PayPal or credit card bills. Has that been established? When will we see the share prices in the credit card companies plummet as people rediscover that peculiar thing: cash!?! I assume PayPal are aware of the power they actually hold, being the largest online payment method. If so, then why the finger-pointing? Perhaps other shadowy figures lurk in the background? Luddite fanatics determined to preserve the staggering, stumbling publishing industry, whose continued existence has been in doubt for decades before the electronic revolution. Do they exist? Need we fear the “Men in Paper”? Or are the credit card companies really so dense that they can’t figure out that the words in “Terms and Conditions” can actually be… changed! Yes, I know! They’ve forgotten that typos in manuscripts can be corrected. Perhaps that’s the problem? But seriously, PayPal and the Puppetmasters are the world’s new Committee of Public Morality… when can we stop gaping in disbelief?
Please somebody, wake me when the lunatics are no longer in control of the asylum! I know that this can’t be happening! Therefore, I’m in the throes of a surreal dream!