When few control the flow of information, we all suffer
One of the great things about the internet is that it gives all of us access to information. Thanks to it I’m able to read the latest research on any number of subjects, from exercise science and nutrition to medieval history. Those are areas I prefer to look and I can find studies and research papers to expand my own knowledge on those subjects.
But that only works if I’m free to find information that runs counter to what I happen to believe as well. That way, I know what the preponderance of research actually says. I know because I can get all the data and make my own determination.
The problem is, not everyone wants that to remain the norm.
The United Nation’s Undersecretary for Communications Melissa Fleming was at a meeting of the World Economic Forum’s anti-disinformation panel last week (cue the laugh track). Along with the UN, representatives from CNN and Brown University were also in attendance for the “Tackling Disinformation” panel. Yeah. CNN at a disinformation panel. Sounds legit. I guess if you are going into the disinformation business, you can always use some pro tips.
According to the Post Millennial, Fleming announced that the UN was working in partnership with big tech companies to control information on climate change. TikTok is one such company. She also named Google. Naturally. If you’re going to manage the public’s access to information, you need Google, right? Her exact words were:
“We partnered with Google, for example, if you Google ‘climate change,’ you will, at the top of your search, you will get all kinds of UN resources. We started this partnership when we were shocked to see that when we Googled ‘climate change,’ we were getting incredibly distorted information right at the top. We’re becoming much more proactive. We own the science, and we think that the world should know it, and the platforms themselves also do,”
Fleming also said that the UN has been working with TikTok, aka Communist China, on a project called Team Halo to recruit influencers to coordinate an acceptable COVID-19 message. And the organization plans to recruit more influencers.
Yes, Google, Meta, and the rest have been skewing search results for a long time. It has been coming in bits and small bites to make it more palatable. Case in point: Fox News reports that the RNC is claiming that Google suppressed fundraising and get-out-the-vote emails. RNC officials say that Gmail is sending those emails to spam folders to the tune of 22 million, just since September 28. Google is claiming that its hands are clean. Republicans are demanding an FEC investigation. Good luck with that, RNC.
Elites control the media and the narratives, and, as Fleming says, they want people to know that. It isn’t that the elites are getting sloppy; they figure that their position is so secure that there is no need to mask their intent.
It starts off with things like climate change or COVID information and will just go from there.
As bad as Facebook is by putting alerts on climate change posts or anything about COVID, at least people can generally disagree and still post what they want.
If companies like Google and TikTok control what people can actually see regarding science, then you can literally never trust anything you see that comes through those outlets.
The problem, however, is that there’s not really any competition for these companies. Sure, TikTok has some competition, but that’s called YouTube, which is owned by Google. Facebook their product Instagram will likely sign on with anything being pushed by these companies as well, meaning there’s nowhere for dissenting information to go.
See, the problem is that people have questions. We can look at the facts and recognize that not a single climate change model has ever panned out the way we were told it would. That alone gives us reason to be skeptical that what we’re being told regarding climate change might not be accurate.
What these “elites” want to do is make it so you won’t know enough to have questions in the first place.
If you can’t see why that’s an issue, well, you might need help.