One of the most amusing categories of incident during Twitter’s long reign as a tool of propaganda for the regime was the slow but steady stream of academic “studies” that “proved” Twitter did not “discriminate” against the right.
Just as many—maybe even more!—left winger users were shadow banned, throttled, muted, or canceled as right wingers, and search results were juiced just as much in favor of the right as of the left, these great brains new-research-showed us.
You have to wonder how those academics, who can discover anything you need discovering, feel about their past discoveries now. For if it was true the left was censored as much as the right, then the left wouldn’t be having the tearful frenzied rage-filled fits of apoplexy they are enjoying at the thought of lost souls being let back on Twitter.
Funny how in a few weeks we've gone from "Twitter censorship is a myth" to "How will we at Twitter cope if we can't ban stuff we don't like". pic.twitter.com/v8TPdntG8U
— Hector Drummond – author of 'The Face Mask Cult' (@hector_drummond) April 26, 2022
It’s also of interest to note the effeminate adore metaphors like “toxicity and health” and “safety” to describe their fears. Their terror of even minor physical inconvenience explains much of the last two and half years of panic.
Anyway, Elon Musk got his bid accepted. What exactly it will mean in day-to-day Twitter is anybody’s guess. Will he really reactivate dissident accounts? Purge bots? Verify all who are willing to expose themselves? Who knows?
Key, though, are his calls for “free speech”. Say “free speech” to the woke and they develop a raging case of the hebbie jebbies. We needn’t debate the limits of that term: it’s enough to know the regime realizes that if they don’t control all major organs of propaganda, it’s as if they own none of them.
As Jacques Ellul says in his magnificent study Propaganda,
Propaganda must be total. The propagandists must utilize all of the technical means at his disposal—the press, radio, TV, movies, posters, meetings, door-to-door canvassing. Modern propaganda must utilize all these media. There is no propaganda as long as one makes use, in sporadic fashion and and at random, of a newspaper article here, a poster or a radio program there, organizes a few meetings or lectures, writes a few slogans on walls: that is not propaganda.
Leave room for a man to think free, and the truth has a wedge. That’s why Twitter “health and safety” boards worked so assiduously to slay serious—and hilarious—critics of the regime.
Musk, it seems, promises to end these practices. Will he get away with it? Mark Zuckerberg didn’t. He, too, he said, wanted fewer posting rules. But the regime, and his employees, wanted more. And got them.
Musk surely has a stronger soul than Zuckerberg. He must have, because he was able to wrest Twitter from the regime. That shows the steel of this resolve, but also the weakness of our bumbling regime, which if it were able would have been able to stop Musk.
As inept as they are, they at least realize they are in trouble, which accounts for this:
Psaki on Elon Musk buying Twitter: "The President has long been concerned about the power of large social media platforms … and has long argued that tech platforms must be held accountable for the harms they cause." pic.twitter.com/KIfPPlInQO
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) April 25, 2022
“Reforming Section 230 and enacting anti-trust reforms,” is a vague threat, but it’s still a threat. Twitter is no way a monopoly. As competitors, there’s Gab, Parler, Minds, Truth Social and so on. But that’s in real life. What the regime can legally define as a monopoly could be quite different.
Here’s what the regime’s chief propagandist mouthpiece had in mind about accountability. NYT headline: “The surgeon general calls on Big Tech to turn over Covid-19 misinformation data.” With subheadline “Dr. Vivek Murthy also demanded information from the platforms about the major sources of Covid-19 misinformation. Companies have until May 2 to submit the data.”
Did you laugh when you read “Dr”, too? Never mind. Here’s how the NYT propaganda opens:
President Biden’s surgeon general on Thursday formally requested that the major tech platforms submit information about the scale of Covid-19 misinformation on social networks, search engines, crowdsourced platforms, e-commerce platforms and instant messaging systems.
A request for information from the surgeon general’s office demanded that tech platforms send data and analysis on the prevalence of Covid-19 misinformation on their sites, starting with common examples of vaccine misinformation documented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How many times have you read that officially defining “misinformation” necessarily requires a Ministry of Truth? Well, you just read it again. Here you see it forming.
Again, for propaganda to work, it has to be total. The left and woke control all major organizations, from Kindergarten on up. But they might not be able to maintain their grip on Twitter.
The regime remembers the Meme Wars of 2016. They saw what allowing dissidents a voice leads to. They hated it: they hate it still. Is our regime still of sufficient strength to crush Musk at last (assuming Musk means what he says)? Of is the regime fading in vigor like Biden’s hair plugs?
I’m fifty-fifty on this.
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Of course, the IRS and FTC opening investigations on Elon Musk’s taxes and business holdings is merely a coincidence.
Yesterday’s price action on TSLA implies they’ve already begun retaliating.
Meh. I wish billionaires would stop trying to change the world.
If Musk is involved –> it’s a scam.
Somewhere right now the midget Fauci is stomping his feet like Rumpelstiltskin.
Like Stacey Abrahams heading for the chocolate fountain at The Golden Corral the Big Blue Meanies of the Blue Bloods in the Commie Establishment are rushing to take out Musk and there is no way he did not anticipate this happening.
Ha.. I think that:
1 – Musk is buying twitter and touting free speech as a way to force the bureaucrats holding up his starship 1 testing into the open. He knows buying twitter will set off a storm of anti-musk action akin to the left’s treatment of Trump before he ran for election – and expects all of it to become visible to the public.
2 – twitter’s revenues aren’t that great, but firing the entire censorship division will just about make it profitable and few other rather obvious steps stemming from that will make it a money-maker.
3 – we’ll probably get section 230 fixes from this: i.e. censor and you’re a publisher incurring liability, don’t censor and you’re a public service and no liable for user content. (Encouraging users to censor out content they don’t want doesn’t make you a publisher).
There are several “free market” ways to bet on elections – why not one to bet on conspiracy theories?
The joke is that the score is about 20-0 for the conspiracy theorists, but a market based on predicting which theory the left claims is totally bunkum proves correct in how many months could provide a free market ministery of truth..
The mask has slipped so far that I doubt that they’ll even do much to hide their intentions when they do make their move.
Expect to hear things like “free speech is only safe when it does not dispute the approved narrative of government experts.” They’ll still make a lot of noise about lies like their actions being “politically neutral” or “only what all reasonable Americans would agree on” but they aren’t going to even pretend that they aren’t censoring speech which disagrees with them.
I see credibklity in the theory Vox Day floated that Musk is the figurehead of a faction of the Deep State that uses his companies to get around the paralysis that the other factions in the Deep State create by their stupid policies. But that means he is only slightly better, like 90s Repubs were slightly better than 90s Dems. It does perhaps mean a return to a slowing down of the Left…who knows.
Theodore Beale may be right because it you ask Musk, who’s your daddy?
He could say, Davos.
Still who knows what might happen. He’s sure got Tucker excited.
O and to be fair to Beale’s power’s of prediction – He predicted the God-Emperor (His label for Trump) would win in a landslide, which he called a Trumpslide.
All of this is fun in an odd way
Dear Johnson J Yes, it appears to be what Lawrence Auster identified as an Unprincipled Exception
How sure are you of that? Remember that USG is sclerotic and fragmented, and intramural fights are the norm.
My bet is this isn’t a win of a maverick billionaire against USG, but rather a win of one portion of USG, through an already-established puppet (Musk’s main income streams all come from subsidized technology development for the interests of USG) against another portion.
@Hagfish Bagpipe too true. How Musk gets away with his outrageous BS is beyond me. It’s a study in the pathology of group mind.
“Is our regime still of sufficient strength to crush Musk at last …”
Musk is a part of the regime. An outlier yes, but nevertheless, he is a part.
Hmmmm…. we shall very soon, “see”.
God bless, C-Marie
Does the American Government run a Ministry of Truth?
FAK CHAK: FALSE!
Disinformation has appeared online amongst far-right circles that the U.S. Government and the Joe Biden Administration are creating an office or task-force called the ‘Ministry of Truth’ that will oversee social media and news organizations in order to control public discourse.
It’s ACKSHULLY called the DISINFORMATION GOVERNANCE BOARD. And they are there to help the public and protect democracy.
Please do not spread disinformation. If you spot any, please call or text or Tik-Tok 9-1-1.
I doubt the Surgeon General has the authority to command social media companies to do as he says. He can request, but that’s about it. The woke-left reaction to Musk tells you how tenuous is their hold.