What we have now borne witness to, is an admission that Google is directly meddling with the information queried by users of its services in order to suppress certain viewpoints, questions, ideas, and speakers, particularly in the interest of affecting election results.Read More
The question I must ask is: How many people, like Pigeon, are being censored via algorithm right now, without anyone but the creators and the small communities that follow them, to care about it? This on a platform supposedly about empowering creators and supporting free expression?
This is the beginning of YouTube’s long death. The more milquetoast and boring it becomes, the more interesting that its competitors will inevitably be as a response, and the more resilient other platforms will become in the meantime to corporate control.Read More
You can outlaw whatever scum and villainy off the face of the earth that you so desire, but your law means nothing if it cannot be enforced, and not only can this policy not be enforced, it will have effects that are in direct detriment to the goals it sets out to achieve if attempted. Hammering down on the distribution of these materials and opinions will, if anything, lead to them becoming a many-headed hydra that will take similarly Herculean efforts just to keep at bay.Read More
Words have meaning. Framing matters. Lazy outrage activists like this use terms like “Far Right” to conjure an image of the most perverse, most hateful stereotype of a conservative they can manage in the heads of those they speak with, to smear and to straw-man the positions of their opponent with. They do this to fear-monger, without ever showing how the expressed views of the people they criticize are, indeed, what they claim they are, and for some reason people are still falling for it.
“One wonders how a man who claims to care about Liberalism and Democracy, can justify the idea that the solution to problems faced by many is to consolidate power away from member states and into the hands of the few. It seems as though he feels that those problems are all uniform and can magically be solved best by government fiat.”Read More