Creepy little people, nameless, faceless, all of them hidden behind the scenes, in places where they can reach out and screw up our lives–
Whoa! It’s not a nightmare. No waking up from this one. In fact, it’s a rather long article from Vanity Fair, Feb. 26: “Men Are Scum”: Inside Facebook’s War on Hate Speech” (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/02/men-are-scum-inside-facebook-war-on-hate-speech). I have to admit it scared me. Scared me pretty good.
The author had a free pass to the deliberations of Facebook’s “shadow government.” You wanna know what that is? It’s a group of “Obama administration refugees [in their 30s and early 40s] eager to maintain some semblance of the pragmatism that has lost favor in Washington.” But this is a left-winger writing, so “pragmatism” doesn’t mean what you think it means. Not by a long shot.
Heading this little group is a former prosecutor, Monika Bickert, backed up by a few dozen “deputies.” They all think they’re very important! And they are, I guess: they get to decide what some 2 billion people can or can’t say on Facebook.
Here are some of their detectable presuppositions–this is what makes them scary.
They really believe they have the right, the wisdom, and the authority to decide what people ought to be allowed to say.
They believe government has the authority to sort its people into groups and rank the groups according to whatever standard the government thinks is just. Thus some groups have greater rights than others.
They believe “rights” are granted by government, not by God, and that it’s one of government’s jobs to decide which group’s rights get to be queen for a day on any given day.
Oh, and all those new “genders”–they’re all real. If you think it’s only male and female, you’re a Hater.
And of course they believe there is such a thing as Hate Speech, that it should be silenced–then there won’t be any hate, right?–and that it’s government’s job to define it and stifle it.
And in all of the above, for “government” read “Facebook.”
So I’ll have to post a picture of a puppy up above this article, or one of those faceless little gawnks will censor me.