Like all forms of Information Control, book burnings in the modern era may look different than in the past, but they are the same in intent and effect. Whether it’s deplatforming, demonetizing, or silently limiting the reach of posts, it’s all just the book burning of the Internet Age.
Some things only change in detail and specific methodology. Whether it’s Goebbels’ Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (RMVP), Facebook, Twitter, or the insinuative monster that is Google, the strict control of information is a prerequisite for the sought after tyrannical rule. Changing the name or the specific methods of control doesn’t change the fundamental fact of it or the effects it has upon Peoples.
This is the absolute truth! The sorts running social media platforms, e.g., Facebook and Twitter, and those at Google, who are the gatekeepers of the internet, silence unwelcome and unwanted voices, i.e., any who aren’t “woke” enough, because those voices might be powerful.
They know, with the internet being what it is, that any voice could become powerful if left unchecked and uncensored. Therefor, they use whatever means at their disposal to silence those voices that reject the Left’s narrative.
But, if these sorts have decided to silence our words, then it just means that the time for words is over. That is not a bad thing for our People.
The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
This pretty much sums it up. No cohesive force for change can come from #Hashtaggery or any other form of impersonal, social-media-centric communication platform. Revolutions need leaders to shape and manage the goals and methodologies of the movement and Twitter and other such platforms don’t provide that.
At most and best, all that #Hashtaggery can provide is a generalized awareness and emotional connection with a general ideal and near-instant communication of meeting places and times. At worst, it creates a climate of generalized outrage that capitalized upon by individuals and groups looking for more generalized chaos, e.g., ISIS’ recruiting of Muslims within America’s border.