The New Censorship
With every passing week, we are seeing growing censorship of the Internet. The key mass media phrase of 2016 and 2017 has been “Fake News.” But much of what is being called fake news isn’t, while much of what the mainstream media is pushing is indeed what is “fake.” Meanwhile, The Powers That Be are enforcing their view of “Community Standards” to quash free speech. I won’t re-hash this with a huge laundry list of particular incidents, because they are too numerous and have been well-documented. Rather, I will suffice with just a few summaries:
- The Google search engine now routinely uses special algorithms to deemphasize some search engine results. Meanwhile, they over-emphasize others, in an overt “pay for play” arrangement. In essence, if your site is conservative, it often gets pushed far down the list of search results, out of view from all but the most doggedly persistent searchers. (Most people don’t scroll down to see the second, third, or fourth page of search results.) Even religious sites are now being targeted. During the 2016 presidential election campaign cycle, Google was caught red-handed in corrupting the “auto-complete” feature of their search box.
- YouTube (a subsidiary of Google since 2006) has become notorious for de-monetizing anyone who isn’t sufficiently pagan, homosexual, anti-gun, and/or leftist. They now delete or un-index some speech they deem to be politically incorrect. Most recently, they have been “disappearing” many videos on civilian-owned firearms. If you search many topics using the YouTube search box, you simply will not see a lot of content that has been blacklisted or “pushed down.” And unless you actively subscribe to some content, it will just disappear from view. Poof! Down the Memory Hole.
- Facebook is now deleting posts wholesale. And it isn’t just so-called “fake news” sites that are being targeted.
- Twitter has been outright banning individuals that it deems offensive. Even the leftist USA Today has openly reported this. In a far more subtle move, Twitter’s carefully crafted algorithms now “de-thread” conversations that are deemed politically incorrect.
- Reddit has been accused of large scale advertising fraud and censorship of conservatives. A bot called “censorship notifier” was released on Reddit earlier this year. It was intended to scan for censored posts. But then the very existence of this tool was censored from Reddit discussion threads!
- Amazon.com slashed its Amazon Associates revenue by an average of 45%, earlier this year. This has hit bloggers particularly hard. And they are retiring the aStore feature on October 27, 2017. All “Amazon Stores” embedded in websites will simply disappear at midnight on the 27th. By slashing revenue across the board, Amazon can claim that they are being egalitarian (and we can assume, simply greedy.) But the net effect will actually demonetize blogs. This is an effort to slowly bankrupt them. I believe that their goal is to push the attention of the populace at large away from blogs and back to the leftist mainstream media.
- Many corporations and government agencies have installed Net Nanny style firewalls, with huge lists of website URLs that they deem “Inappropriate.” SurvivalBlog.com is on many of these blocked site lists. While I concur that they have they have every right to block any web surfing “on company time”, it is not fair to block content during lunch hours, or after-hours. I have heard from dozens of readers who have been slammed by these policies. They complain that they shouldn’t have their browsing blocked while they linger in their cubicles, waiting for highway commute traffic to die down. Perhaps the worst of all is the web browsing fate of sailors on ships at sea, and other deployed servicemen. For them, there is hardly any other alternative but to use .mil or .gov Net-Nannyed portals.
- Wikipedia is notoriously biased and run by leftist cabals. Those cabals systematically skew moral, political, evolution, Second Amendment, and even climate topics, throughout. It cannot be trusted.
- Most of the popular “fact-checking” web sites (like Snopes.com, factcheck.org, and politifact.com,) are horribly biased and in fact could qualify for what the Russians call dezinformatsaya. (Disinformation.)
Despite all of this depressing news, there are now some great alternatives springing up.
- For your web searching, dump Google! Not only is it now horribly biased, but it keeps a log of all of your search phrases for a very long time. Instead, I recommend using ixquick, also known as StartPage. It is less biased, and also promises to keep no search phrase histories. To always remember to use it, I recommend that you re-assign ixQuick as your browser’s default search engine.
- To remove one more revenue stream from the ravenous Google octopus, I recommend ditching gmail and instead getting an e-mail account at Reagan.com.
- For social media, instead of Twitter, Facebook, 4chan, et cetera, I would recommend that you bookmark GAB.
- For viewing video blogs (vlogs) from firearms enthusiasts, I recommend that you begin to ignore YouTube and Vimeo. Instead, bookmark sites like full30.com and theguncollective.com.
- For all other videos, remember that ixquick has top-left corner buttons marked “Web”, “Images”, and “Videos”. Searching under “Videos” there, you can avoid the overt bias of YouTube’s search box. The results will be all over the Internet–not just on YouTube. Just be forewarned that some the search results might direct you video sites that also include p*rn videos.
- Stop depending on social media to keep track of news! Their “news” selections are skewed and filtered. Instead, bookmark news aggregation sites that match your worldview. Some of my favorites are TheDrudgeReport, NewsMax, WorldNetDaily, and Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report. BTW, you will also find lots of news pertinent to preppers and survivalists aggregated in the daily columns here at SurvivalBlog.
- Instead of Snopes.com, factcheck.org, and politifact.com –all leftwardly biased. I recently heard about a conservative alternative –at least for current events news–called NewsBusters, but I haven’t yet delved into it.
- Instead of Wikipedia, use Conservapedia and InfoGalactic. (The latter is an intentionally unbiased “branch” of Wikipedia.)
- In general, you should subscribe directly to your favorite web sites/pages/blogs/vlogs/podcasts. But some sites don’t have a subscription feature. (We don’t, to preserve your privacy.) For those, simply bookmark them and put them in your browser’s top bar buttons. I may be biased, I’d prefer it if you made SurvivalBlog.com your browser Home Page.
In conclusion, I should clarify that America has not yet reached the stage of The Great Firewall of China (or that of the new GreatWallLite). But it is clearly moving in that direction. Censorship can concurrently be both overt and subtle. Do your best to work around it. That way you will be seeing all the news out there–not just a filtered subset of the news. The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world want to treat the Internet like an enormous mushroom farm. That is, they want to keep us in the dark and feed us manure. Don’t let them succeed.
It is high time to take some prudent countermeasures by at least bookmarking some alternative sites. And what if things eventually get worse? Be ready. Start practicing with using a VPN account, and install a darknet browsing tool, such as The Onion Router (Tor.)
Unless you are proactive about avoiding censorship then you may become the victim of it, possibly without even realizing it. Stop being treated like a mushroom!- JWR