I refer not to my lack of posting- I swear I’m going to write more, if anyone cares- but the fact that it hasn’t been removed by WordPress.
I have been shoah’d from Twitter, along with lots and lots of other people with similar sentiments. I aroused the ire of the tankies, the most sensitive and vindictive group, despite them always talking about how they’re going to kill you. WordPress however does not seem to mind me, or even people a lot more caustic and aggressive than me.
The answer I think is that this form of expression is not regarded by the system as any real threat. People read blogs, nod and say “Hmmm, very interesting” and go on.
Social media- specifically Twitter and Facebook- are a much more social, group experience than blogs, which are pretty much just intellectual exercises. People participating in these forums feel like they are part of something, even though they are not. Direct contact can be made with prominent progressives. There is give and take.
Progs hate all of these things. They like to have complete control of what is said. The extreme example is the Atlantic closing all comments. They deleted, they blocked, but they still couldn’t control things so they just stopped it. Newspapers permit some commenting, including the New York Times, but “moderating” is heavy.
Twitter is on some level- maybe most levels- a huge waste of time. But the very fact they feel so threatened by dissident commenters shows how weak they are.
The internet is Gutenberg 2.0. Once people had free access to books, they could inform themselves and make their own opinions- subject to the availability of books, which was the key to the whole thing. Information not convenient to TPTB just didn’t get printed, or had very limited availability.
Many years ago- pre-internet- a friend went to a gun show and got a book called “Behind Communism” which showed how many Bolsheviks were Jewish. He loaned it to me and I found it quite shocking and not entirely believable. After all all the Jews writing for the National Review were for freedom! It had to be a coincidence.
Of course this book was not available at the library or B. Dalton (if you remember that store…..) so hardly anyone had access to it. To print a book you need a pretty big amount of money and access to a printer. A printer may not even do the job if he is afraid the contents will get him in trouble.
But anyone can make a website and put up pretty much whatever they want. The way they deal with this is to say, “Of course there are all kinds of crazy people out there, are you going to believe an anonymous writer who probably is an unemployed virgin living with his mother?” The information is available, but its status, rather than its truth is attacked. And you have to go looking for it, which most people won’t. It’s not as good as not having it available at all, but it’s not a big problem.
Sometimes the “jammie-wearing fools” are right, though, and that is a problem. For a couple of years before the financial crisis people were pointing out the crazy situation in real estate, and eventually there was a collapse. People are still hurting and angry about this, and it was a serious blow to the system’s credibility.
Twitter is one site. Everybody is on it. You can block people you don’t like, but other people will still see them. Accounts are frequently anonymous but an anonymous account can get a large number of followers, who will repeat and amplify his arguments. An anonymous tweeter is harder to ignore than an anonymous blogger.
The problem with the dissident right is that it’s all true, and easily verified. Every single item of wrongthink is immediately verifiable by empirical experience and easily available information. Twitter isn’t suitable for detailed explanations, but perfect for simple ideas- and true ideas are also simple.
I would like to say I don’t care about Twitter and would confine myself to the calm, intellectual pursuit of blogging. I don’t think Gab is a substitute, because you need to attack the leftists and redpill the normies, and they aren’t on Gab. I need to work on getting a fake account, then another, then another.
The bad news is the commissars are cracking down. The good news is there are still a lot more of us, and more people getting redpilled every day.
Stay thirsty my frens.