It’s hard to quantify America’s many disadvantages when pitted against a Democrat-Media machine that has long worked to figuratively control what we talk about and today, having devolved into something vastly more reckless and shameless, work in plain sight to literally control what we talk about.
They’re burning books.
There’s no other way to describe it.
We have no way of knowing the extent but I can tell you even here in my small little corner I know for a fact that Google, without ever notifying me, removed my most viral piece from their search results. I also know since the election I’ve seen a massive drop off in visitors and no that’s not because Trump supporters aren’t fired up and haven’t been gorging on news every chance they get. We are and we have been. It’s because big tech is in the middle of some massive purge, and their victims have no way of knowing what they’re doing and no recourse because we’re dependent on these companies for so much while at the same entitled to nothing from them. So of course if Facebook decides that they’ll “limit the visibility” of my site by, for example, only showing it to your 10% of your friends if you share one of my pieces, I’ll have no way of proving they did it. And no recourse even if I could prove it.
What would I do? Pour my entire life into a doomed and expensive lawsuit that would hinge entirely on the truthfulness and integrity of the known liars and dirtbags in Communist Silicon Valley?
That’s not why I’m here.
Getting bogged down in and ultimately succumbing to that fight isn’t why I’m here.
I’m here to share some unique perspectives on behalf of people I know to be good, in defiance of people I know to be creating pain. I pay WordPress $18.00 per year to host this site, I don’t ask for or take a dime from readers, I don’t do any advertising (any ads you see here belong to WordPress, not me) — I don’t make any money anywhere from any of this. I just want to share some original thinking and ideas in defense of people who deserve defending and in defiance of others who deserve defying. And some have thanked me for that along the way with kind feedback.
But even if everybody hated everything I write and say, in America I’m still supposed to have a right to say it.
So if Facebook and these other companies don’t like what I say, then they as private companies should have the right to ban me from saying it on their platforms. I’m great with that. They don’t owe me anything. But I’m writing today because this game where they instead stealthily “throttle back” or limit the visibility of certain sites is, I believe, far more destructive. Because we have no way of knowing the extent to which they’re doing it, how it’s being administered, when, predicated if anything based on what — it’s a hostage situation with respect to our free speech.
Believe me: pajama boy beta males like Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey have zero domain over my actual freedoms. Neither they nor the socially and emotionally sterilized millennibags who work for them can meaningfully or substantively even come close to affecting my freedom, joy, faith, happiness or strength. But they’ve found a way to abduct our individual speech under the false pretense of amplifying it, and they’ve done it all without telling any of us.
There has to be some kind of remedy for that.
If you want to “cancel” people from your platforms, great. Do it.
If you want to “fact” “check” their content and include warning labels but still present it in full, have at it.
But don’t advertise yourself as being a free and open space if you are stealthily abducting content believed to be freely circulating without even telling its painstaking creators you’re doing it. If there is a real crime revealed in big tech’s fascist behaviors, I would think that has to be it. It’s not about attacking my free speech. The socially perverse, supremely awkward and never-liked-anywhere-in-their-lives science experiments who work at Twitter and Facebook are nowhere near that powerful. But they can manipulate the flow of information however they choose, and that they do so covertly feels like false advertising that would merit a massive class action suit if forensically revealed.
I’m not sure if something like that is possible. And while I’m writing this piece, I’m not going to take it up as some new cause. Others can and will focus on the social media fight while people like me continue to work on defeating the legacy news media. Because I’ve always seen the news media as the bigger threat, but obviously in today’s world the tech giants are a close second. (Note that the feckless has-beens in the Democrat party itself aren’t even our second biggest threat. I thought we were supposed to be the side that actually knows how to handle and aim our weapons, and yet we put so much focus on elected Democrats and so little on the media — social and news — that does all their work for them! But I digress.)
I prioritize the news media over social media because I see social media and tech as being so much easier to unseat and/or replace. They’ve been here for like 5 minutes and while seemingly ubiquitous, that all changes in a few short weeks with these companies. It will get uglier before it gets better, but I’m confident that the right half of America will be forced by the free market we love to create our own tech platforms. We’re already doing it in the culture with our own comedy bits, and they’re way better. We’re starting to do it with tech — e.g. http://www.parler.com — and as necessity is the mother of invention I expect we’ll continue seeing more of it.
But despite being one of their earliest victims I’ve long defended Twitter’s right to kick users off for any reason. And I’ve long noted that these companies can no more take my free speech away than they can grant it to me. But today it hit me that what they’re doing is actually more nefarious than kicking people off, or removing content. Because they’re doing it without telling their targets. And they’re making these decisions behind closed doors, without anyone ever knowing they were made let alone what they were based on. They just shouldn’t be able to manipulate the flow of information that way. If they want to remove it, okay. If they want to ban it, okay. If they want to “fact” “check” it, okay. But to “limit its visibility” is so much more Orwellian and dangerous in terms of the power we’re letting them assert. I don’t know how to fix it but I think for those who focus on social media, it’s an important element of what we should be looking at.
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