Amazon.com has a component of their book section devoted to book reviews. It is used by people interested in the opinions of others before making a purchase and offering readers of their books to post a review.
Unfortunately, the Amazon book review section was reduced to a political vehicle for those supporting the existence of multiple personalities to censor those like me who hold an opposing opinion, thus rendering Amazon’s effort to offer book reviews useless rubbish.
I request that Amazon either figure out a way to police book reviews or shut down the whole system because it is dysfunctional and used to censor opinions. It would be a huge task for Amazon to police book reviews, but simple algorithms show that some book reviews are more active than others.
Censorship is a Huge problem on Amazon.com book reviews. Anyone using Amazon.com book reviews as a vehicle to determine opinions about publications is being duped into believing all opinions are allowed.
I have been trying to follow reviews of Judy Byington’s book: Twenty Two Faces – a book about multiple personalities and associated topics – but it is impossible due to the repeated politics of this particular discussion. The multiple community has launched a political movement to censor dissenting opinions and it is working because they vote a comment as “not forwarding the conversation” when the book reviewer does not agree with their plight and opinion. http://www.amazon.com/Twenty-Two-Faces-Extraordinary-Multiple-Personalities/product-reviews/B0095GQ78O/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1
There is also a component of the politics of Twenty Two Faces whereby the multiple community asks that others vote their comments as “yes” helpful and then ask that they vote the book with 5 stars “so it stays on top”.
Censoring opinions using popular votes generated by politics should elicit outrage by anyone who buys and reads books!
What I find interesting in the Byington Twenty Two Faces book reviews is that people who question the existence of multiple personalities do not censor multiples and the survivor community – this is an interesting fact. What do you think about this?
I oppose all forms of censorship. This blog is free of censorship and always will be. There was only one incident that I found intervention necessary when this blog was young. Since then, I decided that all I opinions expressed here will be uncensored, unaltered, and permitted publication.
I have not finished reading Byington’s book and have not left any comments reviewing it except on a literary criticism level..I remain appalled that censorship is a major component of this discussion and it is impossible for anyone to follow it without clicking on “show this comment anyway” after a political move by the survivor community had the commenter’s post deleted.
I pose this question: If multiples want to be heard, why do they censor others?
Update: 11/29/12. 01:04 EST
I made a dozen or so comments on Amazon repeating that I object to the censorship. I evidently tricked off their sensors and they removed all the objections. I offer this because I’d hate to have you think Amazon is actually being pro-active to cease the censorship going on in their book review section.
Update 11/30/12. 17:30 EST
Just finished an online conversation with an Amazon rep and they were gracious and reinstated my ability to post.
Problem is, I also asked them to check into the censorship and skewing of results. Their reply:
Me: anything you can do to keep people from skewing votes?
Amazon: I’m afraid that I cannot do that Jeanette.
There ya have it. Amazon could care less. Sell books- hell with accurate voting & repeated censoring on the book review section.