The screws tighten

John Ward doesn’t know me from Adam, probably has never heard of Orphans of Liberty and yet we are all part of the rich tapestry of bloggery of which I’d like to make some points.

For a start, he makes mention of a “coven” and that is a well known phenomenon. Conan-Doyle wrote a Holmes story on just such “whisperers”, trolls who get in to wreck marriages and the like, “friends” of the wife. The issue over there with him was obviously not just blogging but blogging was part of it and it is significant to me because I know of another blogger too whose wife does not share his concern for the world and has given him a hard time over it.

When a wife gets behind a husband, they can move mountains. When she doesn’t share any of his concerns, they are two people pulling in opposite directions and finally wracking the marriage to pieces.

And at the moment, people such as John Ward, Guido, Richard North and all the other blogs about with less traffic, down to the little blogger with a few hundred readers who just goes on for a rant – all of them are part of a new ecosystem the PTB detest, are trying to control and that is sufficient reason to continue in itself. Long may the wild west continue.

I’ve been despairing the way bloggers have been giving up the ghost – the number of “this is the end” posts is increasing and it shouldn’t, it really shouldn’t. To slightly change the thrust of the Agatha Christie quote:

“You say your life is your own,” went on Mr Satterthwaite to her, “But can you dare to ignore the chance that you are taking part in a gigantic drama under the orders of a divine Producer?

Your cue may not come till the end of the play; it may be totally unimportant, a mere walk-on part, but upon it may hang the issues of the play if you fail to give the cue to another player.

The whole edifice may crumple. You, as you, may not matter to anyone in the world but you as a person in a particular place and context may matter unimaginably.”

She sat down, still staring at him.

… it can also be seen in terms of blogging. Just you being there and having your little rant, just a few readers happening by, even if you have only a dozen people reading you – you are part of the only effective opposition to the PTB that exists at this time, aside from Christians [real ones]. You are a thorn in the plans of, in the side of, the PTB behind the governments.

Don’t stop blogging just because you think people aren’t visiting. If they don’t today, they might next week some time and if your post is up, then you’ve done your job.

And so to today’s by Ian P-J:

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censorship on Social Networking Biggest Social Media             Sites Censor Alternative News

The mainstream media skews the news to defend the status quo, and serves the interests of the rich and powerful.

But at least web news sources are free of censorship … one would hope.

Unfortunately, that’s not true.

Facebook pays low-wage foreign workers to delete certain content based upon a censorship list. For example, Facebook deletes accounts created by any Palestinian resistance groups.

Digg was caught censoring stories which were controversial or too critical of the government. See this and this.

Many accuse Youtube of blatant censorship.

Reddit – the 133rd most popular website worldwide on the Internet – is also censoring.

I’m not talking about censoring specific websites (For example, I was informed today that Reddit’s News category censors all stories from this website. But that’s just an example). I’m talking about censoring entire categories of news media.

Specifically, Reddit’s WorldNews category has 2.5 million subscribers. Most tv news shows have less than 2.5 million daily viewers. So that means that Reddit’s WorldNews is itself a mainstream media source in terms of numbers. And many more people see WorldNews stories on the front page of Reddit, even if they are not subscribers to the WorldNews subreddit.

(Reddit is owned by the 46th largest company in the United States – Advance Publications – which owns a number of mainstream newspapers and magazines.)

Yet WorldNews censors blogs, and doesn’t consider them real news sources. Here’s a discussion I had recently with WorldNews moderators:

Clipboard02 Biggest Social Media Sites Censor               Alternative News

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In fact, the top independent experts in every field – economics, business, foreign affairs, military, science, energy, etc. – have their own blogs, making blogs one of the best sources of information, a good way to fact-check the mainstream news, and the best way to read the experts’ insights direct and unfiltered. See this, this and this.

Indeed, the whole reason that news blogs have become popular is that they get around the censorship which is ubiquitous in the mainstream television news. And social media is popular as a news source – especially among youth – because it pretends that it provides uncensored news, where a free market of popularity governs.

That’s obviously not the case, where specific websites – and entire classes of media, such as blogs – are barred.

Reddit holds itself out as a young, hip, progressive news source. But if it is censoring blogs, it fails to live up to any of these claims.

The government already censors and manipulates social media. More proof here and here.

It is sad that the moderators of the social media sites themselves are doing the same thing.

H/T George Washington

We now await Facebook, Twitter et al to censor this post.

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I’d be concerned about the type of blogs Obama has in mind, pumping out the statist claptrap through his trolls.

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My final thought is that blogs make people think, they challenge people to consider things. You might not like those things but you will be thinking and if you’re thinking, you’re not being sheeple and if you’re not being sheeple, then the PTB have a much harder time controlling society.

5 comments for “The screws tighten

  1. Derek
    December 16, 2012 at 11:44 am

    The biggest problem with censorship, is that you do not know it is happening. In both Stalin’s Russia, and Hitler’s Germany, the population asumed that they were being told the truth. Today, most people believe the BBC, one of the most highly self censored news organisations that there is. If an opinion, or sometimes a fact, does not fit with the BBC’s view of what should be, it does not get published. Currently, you can serch the web, and see what others are saying, and descide for yourself what the truth is. Yhere is a great danger, and it may be happening already, that those not wishing the truth to be known, will saboutage or destroy any blog which dares to tell the truth about the situation that they wish to hide. After World War Two, I remember that one of the main questions was “how did we let it happen”. The answer was that the media of the time would only report what they thought the public should hear, or read, very little chritisism of Hitler was allowed, even in our so called free press. Look at how Churchill was vilified in the 1930’s. This atitude of keep quiet and it may go away seams to be back again, and I do not believe that the present threats will go away this time either.

  2. December 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

    The biggest problem with censorship, is that you do not know it is happening.

    So true. It is the slow creep, creep, creep of this measure here, this “self-regulations” there. It’s possbily the most important issue of 2012/13 – stopping this process, plugging holes, staying aware.

  3. john in cheshire
    December 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    I think Guido Fawkes censors his website. I can’t prove it but I tried to raise the issue of Tommy Robinson being incarcerated and my comment was ‘awaiting moderation’ and then disappeared. So, yes, there is quite a lot of censorship on many blogs and the more popular the more likely there is censorship.

  4. Robert Edwards
    December 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I have now bookmarked Mr. Ward, having skimmed through his site and found little in it with which to disagree.

    I suspect that many of the high volume blogs are forced to ‘moderate’ because of the simple risk of the publication of libel, (the nutter slipping in a reference regarding their own personal agenda; usually scripted by ‘anonymous’ (I think these are called ‘trolls’) or, if not libel, then perceived libel. I don’t follow the comments on ‘Order, Order’ any more, but most of it seemed to be entirely without value at all when I did look.

  5. December 16, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I have been reading John Ward’s site for some months, He has a unique and interesting, and well argued, view of things.

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