Climate Wars: David v. Goliath in Cyberspace

Posted: June 3, 2020 by oldbrew in censorship, climate, Critique, media, opinion
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The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) brings this critique of the big beasts of social media to our attention. Fake impartiality and bullying tactics get exposed again.
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Silicon Valley Goliaths, using the technology and market forces at their disposal, have shut out of the marketplace Davids opposed to their preferred opinions on climate change, says Clarice Feldman @ The Pipeline.

In his 2007 book, An Army of Davids, Glenn Reynolds, the founder of Instapundit, wrote optimistically that an army of ordinary people (“Davids”) could use technology and the market to beat the Goliaths of “Big Media, Big Government and other Goliaths.”

Thirteen years later, big media is on the ropes but the Silicon Valley Goliaths, using the technology and market forces at their disposal, have shut out of the marketplace Davids opposed to their preferred opinions.

Not the least of their favored views has been the notion that we are in an existential crisis of climate change for which the only remedy is killing reliance on traditional energy sources.

Last week in an effort to curb the manifest bias in social media platforms, President Trump signed an executive order preventing online censorship.

The justification for now treating social media as “publishers” responsible for content — instead of “platforms,” which are not — stems, inter alia, from their behavior in stifling the free exchange of views inconsistent with those of their owners and staff.

Continued here.

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  1. oldbrew says:

    The Power Liars: How Google, Microsoft, and Amazon pretend to be 100% renewable

    On this episode of Power Hour (5/27/20), Alex Epstein and Steffen Henne discuss:
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