Social media: The media resents having lost control

Social media: The media resents having lost control

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And right there, in a sentence, is what this is all about:

Biden said at a fundraiser: “And now what are we all worried about: Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that sends – that spews lies all across the world… There’s no editors anymore in America. There’s no editors. How do we expect kids to be able to understand what is at stake?”

Source: Biden says Twitter spews lies across the world | Reuters

Propaganda used to require access to a printing press or broadcast license. Social media changed all that – in an instant, anyone can be a propagandist and publish their messaging for free, potentially to large audiences.

The elite have lost their eliteness and their control over propaganda.

That is what this is about. It’s not about misinformation or disinformation – it is about the elite having lost control over information they dislike.

This past week, I received multiple political mailers trashing candidates. Some were ridiculously over the top and easily proven as false claims about some opponents. But no one has ever thought we must police the nonsense that is distributed on paper. Because paper is only accessible to those with money and printing press.

Instead, the elite wish to police the speech of the people for whom social media has created an open platform. Think about that.

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