Bonus Episode: The Alex Jones Problem

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    You’re a customer of Twitter?

    Anytime you have a free service on the internet – you’re not the customer, but the product. Twitter uses its users to generate free content that it packages up and (will someday) apply advertising too. Just like facebook does.

    I agree with you about Alex Jones, he’s the test case. Next they’ll come for Dennis Prager, Glenn Beck, Ezra Levant, etc. There is no exchange of ideas wanted – like the early morning bobble head convention on MSNBC called “Mourning Joe” someone states an opinion, and everyone else nods along with it. That is what they want.

     

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  2. kylez Member
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    From the 2001 movie Waking Life, which i saw late last year:

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  3. RufusRJones Member
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    I get that Twitter and Facebook have businesses to run–at least that’s the theory.

    I don’t think they should take his app out of the app store or Google play unless he’s such a problem that there’s no legal remedy. This is bad. 

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  4. Doctor Robert Member
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    Kira’s analysis is schizophrenic.  She carefully and compellingly lays out a perfect string of logic showing that, although a private company, Twitter functions as a public utility.  Then, adopting the language of the left, she again compellingly argues against marginalizing people for their opinions as being “othering” and dehumanizing (“depersonalizing” might be a better term, but I shan’t quibble).  

    Then she depersonalizes Alex Jones and supports his banishment from Twitter, even while (correctly) voicing concern that Mr Jones is a test case for banning conservative thought in general.

    ???

    Sorry Kira, you can’t have it both ways.  

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