As a Bernie supporter Social Media was key to his success and probably the ceiling to it as well. He couldn't win because he couldn't get traction with older voters who get their News from TV. Now we're going about 'fixing' Social Media. Thus my reservations
— df ???? (@coords1306) January 16, 2021
While its good that companies are ready to hold certain behavior accountable, its at the same time terrifying how effective this can be. A real demonstration of the power dynamics of the US as constituted today.
— df ???? (@coords1306) January 13, 2021
Anybody that gets their respective News from Social Media probably can't much stand the News that comes through television screens these days. One could probably write a dissertation on how the media landscape evolved over its inception, through the days of the major Networks, to the 24 hour cable news networks, through the , Telecommunications Action of 1996, the advent of the internet, mobile devices, and YouTubers...and maybe one day I will but let's stick to the here and now.
Out of mainstream News subscribers en masse went to the Capitol and scared the bejesus out of half the country in the process, including me. Twitter, in the moment, decided to block the Presidents' Tweets, which given the escalation of what was happening on the ground, I was glad they did it. But I won't be doing cartwheels and celebrating that the big 'Twitter' witch is dead with the rest of the left because it wasn't that long ago when the mainstream media decided to silence the Progressive Movement I cared about. After the fact, after Super Tuesday and Bernie all but done, the mainstream conceded there was a Bernie Blackout. A Yang black out. Etc.
So who exactly killed this Social Media witch and how do we know they are fit to be the gatekeepers of what is fit to be News? How do we know News told from a Progressive worldview won't be swept up in all the witch-hunting that is about to go on in the war against 'misinformation'?
In the face of Racism I'll respectively lay out my concerns and will hold back on those that aren't as worried as me. But I hope they also keep their eyes open. The News on TV didn't get that way overnight; it happened over time. And it's that way now because a lot of money wants it that way. That same money wants Social Media to be the same way. Interests may dovetail when we are looking to curb racism but again..we have to keep our eyes open.
The last thing I'll say about it also, that on a certain level I'm confident that if Bernie was Trump's opponent a lot of the emotional charge underneath the MAGA base would have been undercut by a man pushing forward policies to help many of these people in their day to day lives. Sanitized corporate platitudes haven't worked to quell wing populism and they won't because they don't apply to the people. Real change would and could, but we'll never know and that isn't an accident either. Not a tactical over sight. There are people more worried about the fact a Bernie campaign might actually win over these people than it failing to reign in the right extremism.