Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker has an article in The New York Times in which he laments that the internet has ceased to be “a force for progress” and is calling on the government to start shoving progressive liberalism down our throats like the BBC while social media companies engage in politically motivated censorship. He is very concerned that free speech is killing us.
“There has never been a bright line between word and deed. Yet for years, the founders of Facebook and Twitter and 4chan and Reddit — along with the consumers obsessed with these products, and the investors who stood to profit from them — tried to pretend that the noxious speech prevalent on those platforms wouldn’t metastasize into physical violence. In the early years of this decade, back when people associated social media with Barack Obama or the Arab Spring, Twitter executives referred to their company as “the free-speech wing of the free-speech party.” Sticks and stones and assault rifles could hurt us, but the internet was surely only a force for progress. …”
Actually, no free speech isn’t killing us:
Gun violence is a leading cause of death in America.
Mass shootings are not killing us. The fraction of mass shootings committed by violent accelerationists are not killing us either. It comprises an infinitesimal fraction of homicides. It is purely Jewish media driven hysteria. It is nothing but a false narrative.
In 2018, 90 percent of interracial felonies between blacks and whites were black on white, not the other way around. That’s not “a story about race in America” that the media wants to publicize though. It prefers to focus on amplifying race hoaxes like the Jussie Smollett hoax, the Duke Lacrosse Players race hoax or the most recent race hoax in Virginia.
What is really killing us?
Not getting struck by lightning although dying in a lightning strike is more likely than dying at the hands of a violent accelerationist:
The leading causes of death are heart disease and cancer:
Happily, the mortality rate from heart disease and cancer is declining:
It is the uptick in the suicide rate and deaths from opioids that is worrisome. Suicide and drug overdoses are far more common than gun violence.
As far as censorship goes, the public is worried about social media companies having too much power and their efforts are delivering one sided narratives from progressive liberal journalists. Andrew Marantz and theNew York Times have lost the argument:
Of the seven issues asked about, about half of U.S. adults say that one-sided news (53%) and inaccurate news (51%) are very big problems when it comes to news on social media. https://t.co/trNsjrjl52 pic.twitter.com/4s1Ly1kuLY— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) October 3, 2019
Are you among the rising share of Americans who get their news from social media platforms? https://t.co/bzw2diG0vJ— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) October 3, 2019
News and data nerds: Feast on this demographic profile of those who get news on various social media platforms. New @pewresearch @pewjournalism reporthttps://t.co/7nr9UjyaHx pic.twitter.com/aYQOX5CTbz— Lee Rainie (@lrainie) October 2, 2019
% of U.S. adults who get news on:— Pew Research Fact Tank (@FactTank) October 2, 2019
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NEW DATA: 48% of social media news consumers say the news posts they see there are generally liberal or very liberal; far fewer (14%) say news posts are generally conservative or very conservative. https://t.co/C8wYHO2UCY pic.twitter.com/C79dGZR0re— Jeff Gottfried (@gottfriedjeff) October 2, 2019
Republicans are more likely to see censorship of the news as a very big problem on social media than Democrats (43% vs. 30%). Democrats are about twice as likely as Republicans to say that harassment of journalists is a very big problem (36% vs. 17%). https://t.co/trNsjrjl52— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) October 4, 2019
The public is tired of progressive liberalism.
This is why Andrew Marantz wants to censor the internet and the state to fund an American version of the BBC to control the narrative. “Journalists” have lost their legitimacy:
Roughly a quarter of U.S. newspapers with an average Sunday circulation of 50,000 or more experienced layoffs in 2018. https://t.co/EbSX0mYrSg— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) October 4, 2019
Democrats and Republicans agree social media companies have too much power over how they are getting their news while our flailing liberal elite doesn’t think they are flexing it enough:
Even with all the censorship, the progressive liberal media as an institution is dying like the progressive mainline churches. It no longer has the ability to set the narrative and command universal agreement:
If you are not already in the progressive liberal media bubble, you have no confidence whatsoever in their takes:
It’s so unfair!
Silicon Valley has to DO SOMETHING!