Tagged: social media

Midweek Roundup, aka The Body Count

The Chinese government is now, if you will, more Chinese than ever, which means roughly a fifth of the world’s population (think about that fraction), and more than a quarter of the world’s digitized, high-tech population (think about that one too), now lives under a tyranny more ingeniously soul-suffocating than anything in Orwell’s wildest dreams. I have been mentioning for some time that...

Social Media as Public Utility

Donald Trump, playing to his hordes as usual — the demagogue’s trap — is out on social media attacking social media for “censoring” “Republican/Conservative voices.” (Clever slash there, since the Republicans as a party are in no way connected to anything remotely like conservatism, but they always use these conjunctive forms to hide that fact, thereby sucking na├»ve conservatives into the establishment vortex.)...

Facebook et al Ban Alex Jones (and Conservatives Go Berserk)

Facebook and other social media platforms have banded together and agreed to delete the content of Alex Jones, the political sleaze merchant at Infowars. Some popular conservative commentators, including Brent Bozell and Ben Shapiro, while conceding that Jones himself is reprehensible, are shouting “Censorship!” I understand that this issue is particularly touchy for conservatives who make their living on internet discussion platforms, but…....