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This was the natural outcome of greed, in the forms of monopoly power and sensationalist media

11.01.2021

I did indeed write in the wake of January 6, and the lengthy op鈥揺d appears in Lucire, quoting Emily Ratajkowski, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden. I didn鈥檛 take any pleasure in what happened Stateside and Ratajkowski actually inspired the post after a Twitter contact of mine quoted her. This was after President Donald Trump was taken off Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
   The points I make there are probably familiar to any of you, my blog readers, pointing at the dangers of tech monopolies, the double standards that they鈥檝e employed, and the likely scenario of how the pendulum could swing the other way on a whim because another group is flavour of the month. We鈥檝e seen how the US has swung one way and the other depending on the prevailing winds, and Facebook鈥檚 and Twitter鈥檚 positions, not to mention Amazon鈥檚 and Google鈥檚, seem reactionary and insincere when they have had their terms and conditions in place for some time.
   Today, I was interested to see Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, referred to by not a few as the leader of the free world, concerned at the developments, as was President L贸pez Obrador of M茅xico. 鈥楪erman Chancellor Angela Merkel objected to the decisions, saying on Monday that lawmakers should set the rules governing free speech and not private technology companies,鈥 reported Bloomberg, adding, 鈥楨urope is increasingly pushing back against the growing influence of big technology companies. The EU is currently in the process of setting up regulation that could give the bloc power to split up platforms if they don鈥檛 comply with rules.鈥
   The former quotation wasn鈥檛 precisely my point but the latter is certainly linked. These tech giants are the creation of the US, by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and their institutions, every bit as Trump was a creation of the US media, from Fox to MSNBC.
   They are natural outcomes of where things wind up when monopoly power is allowed to gather and laws against it are circumvented or unenforced; and what happens when news networks sell spectacle over substance in order to hold your attention. One can only hope these are corrected for the sake of all, not just one side of the political spectrum, since freedom鈥攁ctual freedom鈥攄epends on them, at least until we gain the civility and education to regulate ourselves, the Confucian ideal. Everything about this situation suggests we are nowhere near being capable, and I wonder if homo sapiens will get there or whether we鈥檒l need to evolve into another species before we do.

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