I’m not so concerned with the deplatforming as most, these are private institutions, and they do as they wish. That being said.
“It’s indisputable that there is more speech now that Internet is fully developed than there was in the 1990s, when there were only a few thousand web pages.
Bad speech is more of a problem than it was in the 1990s.”
Ahh, I have a friend who studies radical politics and what i’ve taken from him is that speech has become more modular. The world is far more isolationist in terms of political identity and political issues now than ever, especially online. The politic has become polarized and so has the public.
It is MORE speech, but it is not crossing the aisle, so I don’t think you can use that as evidence that reason can’t win out. The problem is party identification is preventing anyone from looking outside of their already agreed upon perspective. And maybe we don’t want people who are genuinely curious about contentious issues to go to cesspools to drink it in?
We need more public places that are devoid of politics, where even people with racist leanings can be shown that other perspectives are valuable. I’m sure you’re familiar with the neuroscience studies where implicit bias can be reduced by perspective taking?