When I was in school, I read the novel “1984” by George Orwell. It was a particularly scary book. The main premise is that society is governed by a totalitarian dictator who goes by the name of “Big Brother”. You are monitored all the time for “Thoughtcrime” and if you are caught, you are re-educated to tow the party line.
One of the organizations in this (fictional?) society is the Ministry of Truth. Their job is to determine what is truth in the moment. Their motto is “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength”.
So now we have our own “Big Brother”. It is not the government, it is unelected big tech oligarchs like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai.
I had been talking to my wife about a problem with my kitchen door. It seems she was seeing daylight at the bottom, and she was going to call the contractor who installed it to come and fix it. A couple nights later, I was on YouTube, and a suggested video was “How to Easily Stop Daylight Through your Door”.
I don’t know about you, but that frightened me. I had never searched for daylight under the door, so how did they know? Were they monitoring my cell calls? Listening to the mic on my “Smart” TV? Maybe my voice remote for the Roku TV?
I found this really informative video on Parler, the free-speech social media platform. So I shared it with my friends on Facebook. Within 48 hours, I got notification that something I had posted had been “fact checked”. So I went to look and this is what I saw.
There are some “independent fact-checkers” who say this information can “mislead” people because it’s missing “context”. I listened to the entire video. There was no opinion, it was one fact after another. No conjecture, only the path the election would take should Donald Trump refuse to concede.
Here is the video:
Here is the “independent fact-checker” link.
I encourage you to watch the video, and then read the “independent” “fact”-check. See if you come to the same conclusion I do.
The “independent” “fact”-check did not refute a single fact the Dr. Vaughn stated in his video. It simply said that “experts didn’t think it would happen”. So they “fact-checked” Dr. Vaughn’s facts with someone’s (we don’t know who’s) opinion of what might happen in the future.
Most people will simply distrust the video which is labeled with this sort of disclaimer. They won’t click on it and go to the link to see how they are being played.
These big tech guys think we are idiots. They don’t think we can consume news, analyze and process it, and come to our own conclusions. Fact is, they don’t like the conclusions we are coming to, and want to stop “Thoughtcrime”.