This too shall pass (probably)

Way back a decade and a half ago we were very optimistic about the direction the so-called New Media would take this country. Creative Destruction, new business plans rendering obsolete the Rathergate-infested old media’s, and so forth. We even trotted out Thomas Kuhn from time to time. By “optimistic” we meant of course that things in the country would develop along a line pretty much compatible with our quite brilliant views.

How times change. Universal internet and universal mobile devices took things in a different direction. Instant cursing is in the trillions, and soon there may be a Nobel Prize for vilest tweet. The creators and lead marketers of instant everything (Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, etc) often can combine leftism with monopolistic zeal in business to an extraordinary degree. Actually the two things aren’t that different in some ways, which is why we and Ralph Nader can find ourselves in agreement on aspects of this.

So now we see author, scholar and broadcaster Dennis Prager getting censored by YouTube for videos with Alan Dershowitz and others in a series sometimes featuring distinguished MIT and Princeton professors; he also is mocked by the NYT for saying perfectly true things about its so-called best seller list. And we see 40 year litigator, CEO of Center for the American Experiment, and founder of TIME’s blog of the year John Hinderaker censored by Twitter for perfectly innocuous stuff.

Maybe the thought monopolists can endure forever. We don’t know. But if things can change this much over the last 15 years, there’s no safe way of predicting what can happen over the next period of time. Meanwhile, we’ll watch but not comment much on today’s comey-this-or-that; too many slings and arrows. So back to China and fan blades.

One Response to “This too shall pass (probably)”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    I don’t understand how the social media companies can legally get away with censorship, particularly publicly held companies. After all, they could be censoring their own shareholders.

    It has been shown that when identical messages are posted with only the names of the targeted groups changed, those from the Right will be censored while those from the Left are not.

    It looks like discrimination, pure and simple.

    How is this any different from a c.1960 restaurant seating whites and banning coloreds?

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