31 August 2018

Bubble Dwellers in Denial

Oh brother. A number of academics have (quite predictably) have poo-poo'd the notion that social media giants are discriminating against conservative viewpoints--just as they deny bias in academia despite overwhelming evidence.

But this is what happens when you live in a bubble. You either become oblivious to reality or you become a liar. I'm not going to waste my time trying to convince these folks of what is so blatantly obvious to those of us who live outside their control freak bubble, but I will offer this:
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times. “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.” ~ New York Times
Sound familiar? Maybe being "intolerant of different views" is unrecognizable to those in academia because many of them are immersed in that culture on a daily basis.

Generally and philosophically, I cringe at more big brother regulations and I'm not sure treating these social media giants like public utilities is the answer. But I do think it may be time to look at them as monopolies and apply anti-trust laws to them. Break them up. Competition will give us all more choices that would be healthy - economically and culturally. Who could be against that?

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