I shouldn’t have to make this point. But this is 2018 and this is the America we find ourselves living in.
Censorship is bad.
Any kind. Be it targeted against any individual or group. No matter what “good” and “noble” reason that is given for it. Censorship is evil. Censorship is about as anti-American as it gets. Yet, here we are in 2018 and the Great Silencing is at full throttle.
The reason for this post today is, of course, Big Tech’s coordinated hit on InfoWars and Alex Jones. Apple, Spotify and Facebook yanked nearly all of InfoWars content off the internet and erased anything with Alex Jones in it. The reasons given are unimportant. The result is an American Citizen has been cut off from speaking to hundreds of millions.
Because someone decided what he had to say was “wrongthink”. We’ll get back to that “someone” in a minute.
Look, I can’t stand Alex Jones for the same reason I can’t stand Charlie Sheen. They both are a pair of blowhards that spew stupidity. I tuned both of them out a very long time ago. So, I imagine, have many others.
And we did it all without the help of a nameless, faceless person typing in an algorithm. A flawed algorithm as it is based on what that shadowy person thinks is “rightthink” and what is “wrongthink”.
And there we get to the heart of the matter: Who makes the decision what I should and should not read, see or hear? Who makes the decision to put that person in that position? Who watches that person? Who watches the person watching the original person, and so on and so on.
Putting one person, or a very small group of people, into that position is just asking for an abuse of power. Which is what we are seeing now.
To be sure, Alex Jones is not the first victim of this abuse. We’ve talked about many others who have been demonitized on social media platforms all over the Internet. Many, for no apparent reason other than they are known conservatives who must be silenced at all costs.
I happen to think that the decision who to listen to belongs to each individual person. We don’t need a Big Brother – be it a government agency or a private sector mega-corporation on a power trip – making that determination for us.
This world operates best when there is a free flow of information. I think for the most part, we can separate the wheat from the chaff just fine.
And for those who have cheered as each voice has been silenced – who are no doubt drunk on their celebrations today with the news of InfoWars being cut off – I have one quick question:
What will you say when the Watchers decide that you are the “wrongthinker” and silence your voice?
It is an either or scenario, boys and girls. Either we are all free to speak our thoughts so that those who wish to hear them can do so. Or, we live in a time where only the “acceptable” are truly free. And history shows who is and who is not “acceptable” can change in a heartbeat.
It won’t be so much fun being on the receiving end.