Big Tech is at it again. YouTube is cracking down on more right-of-center voices, including famous conservative comedian/talk-show host Steven Crowder.
The usual suspects are out in force, bleating ineffectually about hypocrisy and liberal bias and all of that. What part of “SJWs always double down” do they not understand? The entire thing, apparently.
It’s not about profitability. It’s not about logic. And it most certainly is not about fair play. It’s about winning, not whining. Which is why the mainstream right is destined to fail. Again. And again. And again.
Maybe YouTube is spooked by the government’s anti-trust investigation into its owner Alphabet, which is, lest we forget, Google. Brian Niemeier has a great run-down of potential consequences of this, but I’m not holding my breath for anything of substance being done, but I’d love to be proven wrong.
I’m more interested in the overall strategy to fight these battles, and the tactics used to achieve this objective.
What’s the objective? It’s not end big tech bias, because that’s never going to happen.
It should be: end big tech.
How do you do this?
First: You can’t be afraid to use the power of the government you elected to force these unaccountable and powerful oligopolies to play fair. Otherwise, the idea of free speech becomes just another joke. Free speech as practiced at least since the 1960s has been a bait-and-switch to replace traditional blasphemy laws with an opposite, inverted set of blasphemy laws.
Second: You can’t be afraid to retaliate in kind. The other side started it. They need to have their own rules shoved down their damn throats, and they’re going to like it. They do not operate under your principles, nor do they operate under their own stated principles, but they’re sure as hell going to use the power of social shame to brand you a hypocrite if you don’t live up to your stated rules. So stop unilaterally disarming yourself.
Third: Support alternatives wherever they rise up, and don’t base your entire income stream on a tech company that hates you.
Fourth: Get over your ideology. Your ideology may be boxing you in. You might have to ally with strange bedfellows in order to combat the threat of big tech. Stop worshipping business. Stop viewing any and all regulation of the Holy Temples of Mammon as “Socialism!” If people on the left want to reign in big tech as much as people on the right, support them.
You have to remember, it’s not about profitability for the YouTubes and Googles and Facebooks of the world. YouTube would utterly collapse into a steaming pile of bankruptcy if it wasn’t propped up by Alphabet paying its bills. It’s about control: their control over you.
And it’s not limited to the political punditry sphere. If you’re an artist with opinions they don’t agree with, big tech will shut you down too. Good luck selling books or music if you’re not even allowed to use a payment processor.
This is some dark stuff. It’s not about left/right or liberal/conservative anymore. It’s about good/evil. And yes, I don’t think the other side is merely wrong. I think they’re evil.
Big Tech may have something to do with my novel A Traitor to Dreams, where Elpida must escape a realm created out of her own subconscious with the help of three winged warriors and a talking. Jed trapped in there with her.