For some time now we have been marching towards a society where thinking differently than the other is dangerous business. Thankfully we are not yet at the point where the government can actually monitor your thoughts; but big tech is getting incredibly close.
I’m not trying to sensationalize nor induce fear, I’m not against certain ads appearing on my feed because the algorithm has figured out my interests.
No, I genuinely don’t care about that.
I do care about the narrative that is being told by a minority of very vocal people who have become increasingly powerful because of their skill to influence through the media.
The narrative has become so strong that it has left those who dare have a different opinion be afraid to express it. It has become so strong that people who actually are vocal about their beliefs are fired from their jobs, banned from twitter (ex. Posie Parker), banned from Facebook, and demonetized on Youtube (ex. Steven Crowder).
Yes, a private company may hold certain codes of conduct. That’s fine, but those codes of conduct are often influenced by a media narrative that has become increasingly biased and afraid of dissent. Companies like YouTube and Facebook are seen as open platforms which allow all creators to join in the conversation; meaning they enjoy the benefits of the law for not being held liable for anything said, or published in their platform; but yet some creators are demonetized without breaking any of the company’s rules simply because someone got “offended.”
There’s no clear set of guidelines about why these creators are being punished. In which case one could argue these companies are dictating a narrative; if someone where to step outside of the story, that someone is likely to be punished.
It seems like people are becoming increasingly prone to be offended. Something as reasonable as saying “men and women are different” (which is backed up by science), is now somehow taboo.
The US government has not yet taken steps to make an “offensive opinion” a crime… yet (Canada passed a bill for compelled speech in 2017). However, it seems those groups that are always finding ways to be offended are pushing for laws punishing those who dare say something offensive. Now, you might think this is a good idea, right? Perhaps we should fine those who say certain things, like “hate speech” for example. However, what constitutes offensive? Who defines hate speech? And why should we give someone the power to legislate on that? What’s offensive to you might not be offensive to me and vice versa. Why should we let someone decide what that means?
We are getting closer to an Orwellian society, and that’s a problem.
How did we let this happen?
Simple; just by living our lives; going to school, hanging out with friends, getting jobs. Most of us hear things going on in the periphery but they are not actually a priority to us. But how did we go from legalizing gay marriage to having conversations about whether children should change genders before they reach the age of consent? Both under the banner for LGBTQ rights.
One of these is most definitely not like the other. In fact the latter is a far cry from the former. I think it’s time we start paying attention and start vocalizing our concerns without fear of being called a bigot, seems that word has lost all its meaning after it being abused by the far left.
The silent majority does not agree with the direction our society is going, I think it’s time for that majority to stop being silent.