Are you the CEO of Medium? I suspect not.
Medium policy states..
Medium Terms of Service
Effective: March 7, 2016 These Terms of Service ("Terms") are a contract between you and A Medium Corporation. They…
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You’d think by being on here since 2013, you’d know how Medium works. Yes, Medium has gone through many changes and Gutbloom has seen it all.
Medium has lost some fantastic writers over the years, because when one went to bare their souls with their artistry, essays, personal opinions, etc, they were literally bullied off the platform.
Then to avoid such conflicts, Medium suggests that we block, for if we don’t , one persons view can turn into twenty and therefore fill up our feed.
Content rights & responsibilities
“You own the rights to the content you create and post on Medium.”
See, Miss Jordan OWNS her work. Medium does not. And unless she has violated the rules, she has been given that option to block your responses to her.
She didn’t gag your responses. She just limited it to your feed and who ever else follows you.
You gave this analogy…
“To use an analogy, if a corporation has its CEO speak in a boardroom and then stops employees from offering critical responses to his talk, that’s totally fine, but if the same CEO is invited to speak in a big public lecture hall and decides to take questions (entirely his choice to do so) but then has the organizers shut off the mic as soon as anyone starts asking a critical question, that’s not okay.”
Your parallels do not hold water.
If the CEO is invited to speak, he is a PAID guest. He, at some time, signed a disclosure agreement, as to what he will or will not speak about.
Miss Jordan is not being PAID to speak or to write. She is her own entity, and by Medium, she has been given the tools to voice her opinions, whether or not it aligns with yours.
Here is an analogy…
You walk into a bar. No cover charge is required. A speaker gets up and starts an open poetry/ spoken word and talks about how whitey isn’t the brightest bulb on the block, but as people of color, we overlook those shortcomings.
You stand and demand to know why the poet has these feelings. The poet looks at you and does not respond. Instead, the poet has you REMOVED.
When you read others works, you have VOLUNTARILY entered that space. No one forced you, and no one said you had to stay to continue reading said essay.
However, you CHOSE to respond. That burden has fallen upon YOUR shoulders.
Miss Jordan did not want your words within her space. So, your only recourse was to put her on blast because she blocked you. Putting people on blast is against the Medium rules.
Miss Jordan had every right to block you.
Its her version of “ go away”.
I suspect in real life, if someone were speaking in a public square about white people, you may not be so bold to approach them.
But then again, I’m just a couple of cats…