from TheFreedomArticles Website
Silicon Valley or Big Tech
is what is keeping the outdated, dinosaur
MSM (Mainstream Media) alive.
The emergence of the internet was met with hope and enthusiasm by people who understood that the plutocrat-controlled mainstream media were manipulating public opinion to manufacture consent for the status quo.
The democratization of information-sharing was going to give rise to a public consciousness that is emancipated from the domination of plutocratic narrative control, thereby opening up the possibility of revolutionary change to our society's corrupt systems.
But it never happened...
Internet use has become commonplace around the world and humanity is able to network and share information like never before, yet we remain firmly under the thumb of the same power structures we've been ruled by for generations, both politically and psychologically.
Even the dominant media institutions are somehow still the same.
So what went wrong...?
Nobody's buying newspapers anymore, and the audiences for television and radio are dwindling.
The answer is algorithm manipulation...
At the World Economic Forum's 2021 Global Technology Governance Summit, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Atlantic CEO Nicholas Thompson that while the platform still allows arts and entertainment videos an equal shot at going viral and getting lots of views and subscribers, on important areas like news media it artificially elevates "authoritative sources".
Wojcicki said in addition to banning content deemed harmful, YouTube has also created a category labeled "borderline content" which it algorithmically de-boosts so that it won't show up as a recommended video to viewers who are interested in that topic:
Progressive commentator Kyle Kulinski has a good video out (above video) reacting to Wojcicki's comments,
Kulinski reports that overnight he went from getting tens of thousands of new subscriptions per month to maybe a thousand.
It is not terribly surprising to hear Susan Wojcicki admit to elevating the media of the oligarchic empire to the CEO of a neoconservative publication at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
She comes from the same elite empire management background as all the empire managers who've been placed in charge of mainstream media outlets by their plutocratic owners, having gone to Harvard after being literally raised on the campus of Stanford University as a child.
Her sister Anne is the founder of the genetic-testing company 23andMe and was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
Google itself also uses algorithms to artificially boost empire media in its searches.
In 2017 World Socialist Website (WSWS) began documenting the fact that it, along with other leftist and antiwar outlets, had suddenly experienced a dramatic drop in traffic from Google searches.
In 2019 the Wall Street Journal confirmed WSWS claims, reporting that,
In 2020 the CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet admitted to censoring WSWS at a Senate hearing in response to one senator's suggestion that Google only censors right wing content.
Google, for the record, has been financially intertwined with US intelligence agencies since its very inception when it received research grants from,
It pours massive amounts of money into federal lobbying and DC think tanks, has a cozy relationship with the NSA, and has been a military-intelligence contractor from the beginning.
Then you've got Facebook, where a third of Americans regularly get their news.
Facebook is a bit less evasive about its status quo-enforcing censorship practices, openly enlisting the government-and-plutocrat-funded imperialist narrative management firm The Atlantic Council to help it determine what content to censor and what to boost.
Facebook has stated that if its "fact checkers" like The Atlantic Council deem a page or domain guilty of spreading false information, it will,
All the algorithm stacking by the dominant news distribution giants Google and Facebook also ensures that mainstream platforms and reporters will have far more followers than indie media on platforms like Twitter, since an article that has been artificially amplified will receive far more views and therefore far more clicks on their social media information.
Meanwhile left and antiwar voices, including myself, have been complaining for years that Twitter artificially throttles their follower count.
If not for these deliberate acts of sabotage and manipulation by Silicon Valley megacorporations, the mainstream media which have deceived us into war after war and which manufacture consent for an oppressive status quo would have been replaced by independent media years ago.
These tech giants are the life support system of corporate media propaganda...