Hey Facebook and Twitter: What? The? Actual? Fuck?
This is a scary development. Perhaps it's not quite as scary as the revelations in the disappearance and possible murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi royal family, but in some ways scarier considering the number people who have suddenly lost sources of information outside the mainstream.
I don't have a lot to say about it at this time, except that we need to be vigilant and obstreperous in responding to corporate-state censorship of alternative media sources and ideas, whichever quadrant of the political map they call home. You know that chart (and subsequent variations) that your liberal friends have been circulating on Facebook for the past two years, depicting the relative objectivity and accuracy of various information sources? The latest round of censorship has the feel of trying to confine all information into the circles and ellipses in the middle portion, claiming the right to decide which are trash and which are treasure (or at least worthwhile).
For numerous reasons I won't explore here, the chart and its variants are, themselves, trash. The primary reason, however, is that the entities in the the "mainstream" and "skews" columns are loaded with pro-establishment propaganda. They made not be made entirely thereof, but they spew plenty of it, both in the form of repeating military-industrial-governmental viewpoints without a counterpoint and of "analysis" from their own hired opinionators.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than what the NYT and WaPo deem worthy of printing.
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