Musk takes Twitter amid a media firestorm and the changing meanings of free speech

The Twitter board officially approves the sale to the world’s richest man, and the media responds by arguing openly for censorship, turning recently held positions regarding free speech upside down, claiming free speech is racist, and pretending there is transparency in the current social media content moderation regime. Sometimes, you think the media simply has… Continue reading Musk takes Twitter amid a media firestorm and the changing meanings of free speech

The NYC subway shooter, the media, and the strange failure of content moderation

The NYC subway shooter’s social media profile revealed hundreds of anti-racist and other disturbing rants, where he argued the races should be separated and asked “black Jesus” to kill all white people.  The media, however, thinks he’s anti-black, and no one has even bothered to ask how these inflammatory, racist posts made it past the… Continue reading The NYC subway shooter, the media, and the strange failure of content moderation

Plato’s Republic and the persistence of the noble lie

It’s long past time to resign the great Greek philosopher’s vision of government to the ash heap of history, and yet the establishment continues to cling to something eerily close to his vision of a guardian class empowered with the noble lie.  Literally everything has changed since Plato’s day, but some things remain the same…… Continue reading Plato’s Republic and the persistence of the noble lie

Elon Musk: Are much needed changes coming to Twitter?

The world’s richest man and self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” is now the largest shareholder of the social media platform after haranguing it as a threat to democracy for limiting speech.  This isn’t a purely academic point after the platform blatantly interfered in the 2020 election.  In a more rational and fair world, Twitter would be… Continue reading Elon Musk: Are much needed changes coming to Twitter?

2112: Revisiting Rush’s prophetic masterpiece in the age of computers and the technocracy

The Canadian power trio’s fourth album was a turning point in their career and their most commercially successful effort at the time. It is also perhaps their most prophetic.  Long before our digital age, 2112 is a story of a world controlled by computers, where creativity and individuality is crushed by an all powerful government,… Continue reading 2112: Revisiting Rush’s prophetic masterpiece in the age of computers and the technocracy

A common sense, conservative approach to social media regulation rooted in the First Amendment

Twitter’s new CEO isn’t concerned about free speech and plans to restrict content sharing, Facebook is clamoring for government regulation in the name of public safety, and there are increasing calls to break up Big Tech, but is any of this necessary when illegal activity is already illegal?  Otherwise, our focus should be the First… Continue reading A common sense, conservative approach to social media regulation rooted in the First Amendment

Trump takes on big tech, media responds by claiming “companies can do whatever they want, more or less”

The former President files a class action lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google claiming that the infamous Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional and abridges Freedom of Speech.  Perhaps needless to say, the media completely misses the point and suddenly seems to think companies aren’t constrained by any laws or principles. Earlier… Continue reading Trump takes on big tech, media responds by claiming “companies can do whatever they want, more or less”

Surprise, you don’t own your phone, your tablet, laptop, or any part of the internet

Amazon, Apple, and Google wipe Parler from the web, our phones, and our computers, but have no problem supporting murderous regimes, protecting terrorists, and helping organize mobs tearing down statues.  What’s wrong with this picture? The internet isn’t free.  A top-flight phone costs around a thousand dollars, plus the monthly service fee to keep it… Continue reading Surprise, you don’t own your phone, your tablet, laptop, or any part of the internet

Who are the real authoritarians now?

Banning books, blocking the press, restricting movement, and making lists, the left goes all in on creeping facism For the past four years, the left and their enablers in the mainstream media, have endlessly repeated the refrain that Trump is an “authoritarian.”  In September, Politico blared that “Trump is an Authoritarian.  So Are Millions of… Continue reading Who are the real authoritarians now?