This video illustrates the real danger to democracy.
It’s not fake news, it’s the near-monopoly power held by someone high on the food chain.
The danger isn’t that the wrong political party or the wrong religion or the wrong scientists have gained a near-monopoly on information dissemination. It wouldn’t matter which group held monopoly power. No one should.
Monopoly kills diversity through genocide, tyranny, and the well-intentioned strip-mining of the human soul.
Killing diversity of thought by squelching “dangerous fake news” would be an equal mistake no matter whose side held this kind of power.
The current near-monopoly is doing all it can to make the free exchange of ideas impossible by molding public opinion in favor of Congressional laws to censor the internet.
“Ban fake news.”
Trust me, both sides of the political aisle consider much of the other side’s facts to be completely fake. And this is everyone’s honest and most sincerely objective opinion.
The “wrong” side is not peopled by evil idiots. It only seems that way because humans are prone to black-and-white thinking.
Most of us live in one of two political information bubbles. Similar splits exist in science, medicine, and religion.
Don’t be a pawn. Don’t let the talking heads on either side of any issue make you hate people, or consider them less valuable than you are.
Silencing diversity is self-defeating. No cause on Earth can justify it. Not the “one right” religion, not the “scientifically enlightened” absence of spirituality, and not political dogma.
The big guns of our culture are afraid of the diversity of thought we now see on the internet. Their aim is to homogenize it to death.
So if you have any fringe or divergent ideas about anything, put them out there on your blog and on your YouTube channel as soon as possible, while you still can.
Make DVD’s of your favorite videos and Ted Talks to show to your grandchildren. Our great-grandchildren will marvel at the free speech we once had on the ancient Internet.
We live in unprecedented times when an average person can affect the thinking of an entire culture. Nothing quite like this has ever happened before in recorded history. It won’t last long if we let the forces of black-and-white thinking rule us.
Get your message out while you can.
Morrill Talmage Moorehead, MD