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The internet will still be a noisy place, but it will be a managed noise of echo chambers, a moderated system in which dissenting views will be treated as trolling and purged as quickly as they are identified.
…the American Left had both triumphed and inherited a large chaotic region that they had to consolidate under their control….the American Left had conquered the messaging territories of the old cultural realm, media, entertainment and advertising.
Having won those, it’s expanding its control over big corporations and big government. And to do that, it has to eliminate the independent voices on the internet that pose a threat to its messaging monopoly.
The consolidation of the internet by a handful of monopolies, the politicization of corporate leadership and the panic over Trump and Brexit created a once in a lifetime opportunity. The official pretext for the power grab was “fake news”: a loosely defined term taken to mean misinformation. The fake news panic relied on familiar panics over the internet’s unregulated ability to influence society. But this time it was attached to the Russians, a classic foreign threat, that made free speech too dangerous to maintain.
The fake news crisis argued that foreign influence over the public square was a national security threat. This was a dangerous argument with roots in everything from the Alien and Sedition Acts to the Cold War. A few years ago, the idea of internet censorship to meet a national security threat would have seemed an implausible movie plotline. But the growing cultural power of the American Left allows it to quickly take a bizarre idea and mainstream it into a policy mandate in a matter of months or years.
…the consolidation of the internet under a handful of monopolies made it easy to apply downward pressure on a handful of platforms. Social media companies that had formerly been open were being redefined as publishers tasked to fight “fake news”.
…once a powerful political movement in control of the culture decided that it was time to censor the internet, it could quickly impose its will on a handful of internet monopolies that mostly agreed with it.
The Left never feared huge corporations. They’re easy to take over or intimidate. What it feared was a dynamic open society with many rising and falling power centers and no easy levers for total control. It’s built to take over static power structures. When a society is open, then it can’t win….
A society of corporate monopolies will inevitably become a society of political monopolies.
This micro-microcosm of the ‘Net is subject to the same leftist slant – post what the site agrees with, then you’re OK. Any dissenting posts get hit with spam, insults, name-calling, moved from the original category to the ‘right wing fake news’ forum.
Here the amoebic left bias is inconsequential. On the Internet, the same de facto censorship leads to leftist propaganda being promoted. Its a tacit admission that the left knows that it can’t legitimately compete with honest viewpoints of fact & truth. Soitantly, not a free and and self-regulated society, but one to be run by those who ‘know better’ than those they rule over…..Lenin…Stalin….Mao….Adolph….King George…..etc. etc. etc.
Capricorn posted on November 15, 2019 at 09:15
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