A few more of my favorite accounts have been banned. I like to imagine it as like a bunch of people sitting around a campfire shooting the shit and all of a sudden someone says something “wrong” and they’re put in a full-nelson and taken away into the night. Is this an inaccurate way of looking at banning on social media?
Alright, I’ll reason with you- I can understand banning of people who call for murder. It’s a different story when they’re banned for ideological discrepancy. I’m the most anti-American person of anyone and even I’m offended by the anti-Americanness of that. It does recall that stereotype we all were taught about “those inhuman Soviets”.
When you think of social media in a more human way you start to realize this. People chilling and having a casual talk, and certain ideas will get you taken away by the authorities. I see this as a misuse of the new technology that is the Internet.
I can imagine some of the techlords being like, “Alright, if you want to talk about that that’s what DMs are for, where the globe will not be harmed by your words.” That actually limits knowledge and what we could use this technology for. When it’s public, more people have the opportunity to weigh in. Upwards of billions of people. For many of us, the Internet is just normal now, and we forget the gravity of this technology. Throughout most of human history we spoke to each other one on one or in small groups, with the occasional “rally” where one person spoke to lots of people. Today we’re able to speak to potentially millions and billions of people at the same time. When you ban people you’re eliminating dialecticism is how I see it. You are not only banning the person who says so and so, you’re also banning the responses to that person. This is what I mean when I say that the current Soviet style of the Internet limits human knowledge. We’ll never know what certain people will say, how others will respond to them, and the initial person’s response to those responses, and so on, because they’re “taken away” by the internet cops. Again, just think of it as people chilling in real life having a casual chat, and then–they’re disappeared. They’re not even there to be able to say anything about why they have been disappeared. It’s an elimination of conversation, an elimination of dialectics. It’s a naive, over-emotional misuse of possibly the most important technology on the planet.