Thanks to andie and w, we learn that google is rolling out its selective censorship program. Not being evil now means that upon request by intelligence services and law enforcement in a particular country, a blogspot may be blocked from that specific country while being left open to others.
Where this will lead is anyone’s guess but it seems to be just another day at the office towards repressing the semi-free internet as we know it.
As blogger’s new comment word verification system with its often illegible secret words makes it difficult to post replies, I disabled the WV and what do I get? Foreign based spam bots are having a field day trying to infiltrate the comment section with their sales pitches for Viagra and knock-off watches. Over 50 of them the last three days and most not even in English. Many will suggest moving away from google but aren’t all the ‘free’ but not really free blogging platforms going in the same direction; data mining, advertising and spooks keeping an eye on you? They don’t call it Zio-blogger for nothing.
Apparently google, facebook and other major sites outsource much of their content moderation to low wage third world countries and are providing psychological counseling to workers traumatized by what they are seeing being uploaded. Internet and media users traumatized by the preponderance of political, social and economic lies are left to their own devices to try and cope.
When Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, mandated a Facebook account to post comments on all of their 80 community sites, we didn’t think it could get much worse. Comments went down by over 90% and almost all of the most entertaining and enlightening commentors dropped out.
Now Gannett has announced that by the end of the year all but their national daily USA Today will go to a ‘pay per view’ model restricting some access to non-subscribers. Do they really think very many will actually pay for their already limited highly propagandized ‘news?’ I’ll admit to looking at a couple of their local sites daily, occasionally there’s something of interest but it’s rare.Corrupt capitalism is bringing itself down.
An international conspiracy to stop the information we need? No doubt it’s heading that way.There still may be some time to stop it don’t you think?
Self-censorship is one of the goals.
Don’t even think about researching and writing (or speaking) about a topic that some group or prominent individual declares insensitive and offensive. It will only get you in trouble.
That is a trap. A mind trap where we question ourselves and the results are paralysis. We all know who benefits the most from this self-censorship. Let’s not speak their names. Let’s not talk about of what tribe they may be. Let’s not wonder about the crimes past and in progress. Let’s be silent … and complicit ……
or maybe not.