Liberals have been winning the culture war due to their financial pressure on corporations. Why can’t we?
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Usually we have to wait till completion of Lent for the gush of short articles by reporters flagellating themselves over their social media addictions. Easter came early (or is it late?) This year. Over at The Spectator USA, columnist Bridget Phetasy published a post appropriately entitled, “Twitter Has Stolen My Life.” In it, she satisfies her aged self on her deathbed. Bridget the Elder asks, “How do you feel about the time you spend on Twitter?” Bridget the Younger gives a mixed report. On the plus side, much of her expert and individual success is owed to social media. She’s a specialist at promoting her “personal brand name” in the digital age.
But there are disadvantages:
Well. Where do I start? Like everyone, I have a love-hate relationship with social media. To be sincere, I have actually constantly been doubtful of it and never ever truly wished to participate. Twitter is my fix, however you can insert any other social networks platform you’re addicted to and what I’ll say will probably hold true with small variations.
The downside is that it robs me of pleasure.
That was my experience, too. I couldn’t have stated it much better myself: Twitter robbed me of my joy. That’s why, about 3 or four years ago, I decided to erase all of my social media accounts.
I have not looked back.
I’ve blogged about my opposition to Big Tech here and somewhere else In short: social networks makes you imply, foolish, restless, and depressed. It takes a serious toll on your social, physical, and psychological health.
Even the upsides given by Ms. Phetasy are cyclical. Sure, Twitter allowed her to thrive as a journalist in the Age of Twitter. Wouldn’t it be better if there was no Age of Twitter at all?
When it comes to social media, we all suffer from a weird kind of Stockholm Syndrome. We accept Twitter as a given and attempt not think of life without it. The most we can do is thank Huge Twit for sometimes showering us with its favor. It’s like hearing some apparatchik state, “Yes, the Communist Party eliminated hundreds of millions of people and stole my mankind. On the other hand, I wouldn’t have actually gotten that soft job in the Politburo without it!”
These confessions by social media addicts are always popular by their readers. Ms. Phetasy’s short article is presently the second-most read article on the Speccie website, and I anticipate it will overtake the first prior to it vanishes into the blogosphere’s huge elephant graveyard. It’s apparent that many (perhaps most) Americans feel bitter social networks. It’s as if they’re stuck in an abusive relationship: they desire out, however they’re too afraid to alter the locks.
Now, if this were just a matter of individual health and wellbeing, I ‘d more than happy to keep playing up my Luddite schtick. The problem is that Huge Tech, having effectively privatized the general public square, utilizes its power to advance the progressive program.
Like the averse health effects of social media, this isn’t exactly breaking news. From censoring project advertisements to biased “fact-checking” to curating search results page, Silicon Valley is honestly working to weaken conservative and Republican causes. Undoubtedly, then, the sane thing for conservatives and Republican politicians to do would be to boycott social networks.
And yet we do not. We have actually willingly handed them the right to censor our political discourse. We understand it’s incorrect, both for ourselves and for our country. That doesn’t mean we’re going to do anything about it.
This is why– regardless of my adoration for folks like Josh Hawley and Elizabeth Warren, who wish to break up the Huge Tech monopolies– I can’t endorse their efforts. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram aren’t really monopolies. They don’t utilize cost controls to keep their market dominance. The service they use is totally, totally, 100 percent complimentary to consumers.
What Senators Hawley and Warren (like Ms. Phetasy) actually frown at is Americans’ total absence of self-control. Nearly three-quarters of American grownups utilize social networks. If they wished to, they could just walk away. However they will not. They do not have the willpower.
Each time I turn on some right-wing television channel or log onto some conservative website, I hear the conservative masses wailing at the absence of “totally free speech” on these social-media sites. Guess what, folks? Facebook and Twitter are private companies. Far as they’re worried, you have no complimentary speech. They’re not bound by the First Change. They have no Constitutional duty to represent your “viewpoint.” That’s like walking into a Catholic Church and requiring the freedom to provide a sermon praising same-sex marital relationship. It resembles sitting down at a vegan restaurant and insisting on the right to BYO filet mignon. Personal property does not go away just because you find it bothersome.
In truth, Jack Dorsey might ban Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, and Ben Shapiro from Twitter if he so chose. Why not? It’s his site. If that remarkable power alarms you– and it definitely should– then deactivate your account.
Herein lies the bitter fact. Conservatives lack any whiff of self-discipline. That’s why we can’t organize a boycott to conserve our lives, although progressives have been providing our magnate’ heads on silver plates for a minimum of sixteen years. It’s why we totally quit the defend traditional marital relationship the moment Obergefell v. Hodges was bied far. (In reality, Dear Leader has actually been assiduously marketing himself to the LGBT voting bloc in the runup to 2020.) We’re all sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Let’s draw a line in the sand. If we conservatives can’t bring ourselves even to delete our Facebook and twitter accounts, we should have to lose. If we can’t recover the general public square from progressive oligarchs, then they should rule the day. If we can’t break the ties that bind us to those Silicon Valley moguls– at no cost to ourselves– then we’ll get what we should have.
” I have actually not yet begun to fight!” cried John Paul Jones in1779 Nor have we. We have actually not enabled ourselves to suffer the slightest trouble in the defense of our lifestyle. If we continue offering our implicit permission for the Dorseys and Zuckerbergs to police our political discussions, then we might as well surrender now.
If you God-fearing, freedom-loving patriots actually want to “reclaim the story” from the Left, then stop providing carte blanche to set the specifications of appropriate viewpoint. And do not change to some “alternative” platform, like GAB or Parlor. Stop choosing the lesser of 2 evils. Make a guideline for yourself now: no evil, at any time, for any reason.
Then, erase your accounts. Swear off social networks forever. If we can’t make this one small sacrifice– not only for our own excellent, however for the good of our nation– we will lose battle after fight in the Culture Wars. And we will should have every embarrassing blow.
Michael Warren Davis is the editor of Crisis Publication He is the author of The Reactionary Mind(Regnery, 2021).