In about 5 mins I will auto post this quick piece to Facebook – where it will receive about 95% of it’s total traffic… and therein lies the problem.
Basically, you need to stop reading this blog post.
Traditional media is undoubtably not without its flaws but the internet has zero rules or accountability for upholding the truth in news.
And that’s OK I guess – if you believe in freedom of expression.
But we have reached the point where social liberties are being undermined by social media.
I believe in an internet that should be completely open and free. However, below are a list of sites to be blocked from Facebook due to the number of ‘fake news stories’. Stories that He-who-must-not-be-named claimed, were the reason he got to power.
Trump scares me…a lot. But THIS scares me more. I have no do that Trump and his support system are bad for this world but does that mean these sites can’t be free to post, same as anyone else?
Just how does that work for us all exactly. The internet is infinite. There are far more hours of video a day uploaded then you will ever have time to view in a week. Far more words, opinions, facts, ‘alternative’ facts and marketing self promotion bullshitology than you will ever have time for in your lifetime.
We simply can’t effectively and fairly police the internet.
And we shouldn’t. The solution caused by the creation of the filter bubble via an algorithm, is NOT another fecking algorithm.
The solution is letting people be their own filters.
We’ve been doing it from the beginning of humankind and I’d like to think – all things considered – it’s done us pretty well so far.
Secondly, we have to remember that if that is done on a governmental level, that power falls into the hands of the very leaders you may feel strongly against.
This is something I’ve blogged extensively about in regards to data privacy and the use particularly of that data in the marketing and monitoring of our daily lives.
And don’t blame Facebook. The fluffy friendly branding of digital apps and platforms tends to fuzz our perception of it but the reality is a company like Facebook does not have a civic or social duty to society.
Their one duty is to make money.
We however do. The humans.
And the more we impose on private companies to do it FOR us the less responsibility we take for ourselves and the more liberties we give up. Solutions like this extension are not the answer either – because they are again, based on the creation of a list of ‘bad’ sites by someone else other than you.
The true threat is not ‘the internet’ or conflicting views – no matter how much we may disagree with them. The true threat to social liberty is the search bubble and timeline bubbles created by giants like Facebook and Google (albeit well intented) that warp our view of the world. They are to blame for unbalanced opportunity to view. And that is were liberty has ultimately been lost on all sides.
If you think you don’t live a Facebook news bubble look at the below list. Ever seen a story from them? No. Yet as I mentioned and prempted in a previous post Trump had 32% more’positive’ news through news sources like this, which went unnoticed by even those in media themselves, politicians, economists and the world at large.
We are all guilty of letting FB become our main source of ‘facts’ and opinions – opinion which is funnelled and targeted and paid for by media platforms based on what we already 👍 Like.
So you really need to stop reading this post – because you probably already agree with me.
Because our news has become a place where none of us are ever forced to question the opinions we already have.
And whether you’re a right wing grand wizard of the kkk or a pro-choice middle class college Irish women… that is always something we should be terrified of.
The Free Thought Project
Associated Media Coverage
IJR (Independent Journal Review)
Red State (3)
Blue Nation Review
The Free Thought Project
The Other 98%
The Stately Harold
NCT (New Century Times)
World Net Daily