Sunday, June 30, 2019
Nike, the athletic shoe giant, has pulled a product off the shelves in response to a storm of social-media protest. The product was a sneaker collaboration with sportswear brand Undercover, whose principal designer, Jun Takahashi, published these unspeakable words on Twitter: “No extradition. Go Hong Kong!”
Nike says it made the decision “based on feedback from Chinese consumers.” Just so.
Here's the problem: today Big Tech will ban you for speaking forbidden thoughts. How long before what's forbidden includes things the CPC doesn't like? The economic logic of this point seems irrefutable.