If you watch You Tube, listen to podcasts, use Facebook, tweet, or instagram, know about Pay-pal, or Patreon, you may have heard about “de-platforming.” Dozens of content creators are being blocked, banned, and demonetized from their accounts across the internet. And when I say blocked, I mean there is coordination between website servers, facebook, twitter, youtube, and google, to purge the internet of the existence of political dissidents.
I am not talking about Alex Jones. I am talking about people such as Milo Yiannopolous, Gavin Mcinnes, the channel Sargon of Akkad, etc. Dozens of You Tube channels speaking on “red pill” topics have been demonetized and deplatformed as well. While demonetizing is not the biggest problem the “right” is facing, it is just the beginning steps of silencing dissent.
- marginalize your key opponents. (Mock them, attack their advertisers and livelihood, limit influence over audience)
- Block your key opponents entirely. Leave their support base without any outlets, or information sources. This starves them of news/content/challenging thought.
- Total control over political thought.
America has a new free speech problem. Our economy has changed, so that the primary deliverer of news is your tablet, phone, and computer. Our news is almost exclusively given to us by websites, especially social media sites. Most civil discourse takes place solely online, or in rowdy street protests. Hardly anyone shows up at a town hall in 2018. Community forums are staged propaganda sets for campaigns, not genuine conversations.
How is this a problem? If website hosts, or social media sites have the ability to block your existence and commentary from the internet, they have the ability to shut down all civil discourse. They are doing so now, and they are picking off the top hosts who don’t subscribe to the far left.
The overlords of the internet hate freedom of speech. Silicon Valley wants to shut down any opposition to left leaning politics. They are not benign, and they do not prioritize, or respect, freedom, or positive discourse. They want to destroy their opposition, and silence them. In the words of Kurt Schlichter, the political left wants you dead.
Minds.com is an alternative to youtube. If you have any other suggestions as to alternative media sites, post them below. I am obviously not a big content creator. I am a content consumer. If they can silence massive whales, they can silence a minnow.