BIG BROTHER IS CONTROLLING YOU
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BREAKING NEWS: US President Donald Trump has stated that Google should be sued based on a report about the alleged manipulation of millions of votes in favour of Hillary Clinton in 2016. (Sputnik International August 19, 2019)
Modern censorship is more dangerous than open Orwellian totalitarianism. It is being concealed and incorporated in our daily routine, says Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, commenting on the insider leak detailing Google’s news blacklist.
The intellectual told RT he is not advocating for online anarchy, comparing it to snuff movies in hardcore pornography. Some regulation should be in place to block harmful content on the internet, he says. But hiding political opinions online is what worries Zizek the most.
“We all know we have to censor things at some level, but the main rule for me is that the process should be transparent. Not in the way it is done now, when all of a sudden somebody is outlawed and you are not even allowed to debate it,” Zizek explains. The false choice between politically correct censorship and radical liberalism is a trap, he believes.
This week, Project Veritas published documents it received from an ex-Google employee. The documents appeared to confirm that Google can boost or de-rank news sources based on a seemingly biased set of internal rules.
Calling the practices “dark and nefarious” the whistle-blower, Zachary Vorhies, also leaked a document detailing Google’s “blacklist” that lists nearly 500 websites.
Zizek believes the Big Tech’s practice of black lists and shadow bans could prove an opportunity for right-wing activists to show themselves as a group fighting establishment politics and targeted for their opposition.
The philosopher thinks this tactic will actually backfire against liberals by giving the new populist right a position where they can say: you see, we’re the true alternative, we’re the true oppressed.
Google is likely not the only tech mega corporation with a tight grip on their users’ digital menu, Zizek argues. He says, “the process is a discreet process into a new, controlled society.”
What’s terrifying about it is that we don’t even experience it as something controlled. We just use social media, buy things, go to a doctor, and all the data about us is out there. But those are the things that we perceive as our freedom. So what we perceive as freedom becomes the very way we are controlled.
One doesn’t know anymore “if there is secret police following you or somebody reading your letters,” and this in Zizek’s mind is what differentiates it from the totalitarianism of the past. Modern control is hidden and undeclared, Zizek says.
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