This is what happens when the internet landscape is filled to the brim with conspiracy theories & fake news stories find their way into any mainstream media outlet; you start seeing bogeymen lurking around every corner.
Take all of that and add in real-news stories of people who either get demonetised or have their pages blocked and of course your instant assumption will be that you’ve been internet-martyred if one of your pages disappear…
I actually have a fan base in Iran and recently received an Instagram message from a fan complaining that he couldn’t purchase my latest album due to the sanctions imposed on his territory.
PayPal, Visa cards, etc; the infrastructure that we take for granted in the Western world has been completely shut down.
I’ve mentioned it in passing before but I’ll mention it again; big companies are in theory more powerful than Nation States due to the fact that they have a global reach and influence by default. With our current digital infrastructure major companies have demonstrated how a future might look like when these type of structures have “enforcement methods.“
A heavy metal label was shut down and forced out of business since “banking“ deemed them politically incorrect,“ so this was not a Nation State or a government, but private companies making this decision.
This type of behaviour has created a great deal of outrage when public people have found themselves banned from Twitter.
Once again not necessarily government actions, but decisions made by private companies.
With this in mind an infrastructure update or something mundane can all of a sudden turn into something monstrous or become further evidence that “big brother“ is getting ever bigger and ever nastier!
I’ve gotten so used to posting updates and writing opinion pieces on this WordPress account of mine that I was left completely perplexed when my page was down for the count last evening.
Happy I shared the awesome news that we had received Our First Movie Credit!!! but after writing the post I saw that it was impossible for the outside world to actually view and access my WordPress.
Of course I suspected that the speech-mafia had come across my wrong-think. I was in internet-mourning mood, a black band on one of my arms would have been fitting to mark the grievous occasion, because the truth is that I really quite enjoy writing.
After having blogged regularly since early 2015 it has turned into a proper habit.
The beauty of it is that you don’t have to wait to get published or go through any gate-keepers.
So I wondered … could this be linked to me contacting EU representatives? After YouTube encouraged their creators to get vocal about Article 13 I did my part & made a video about it even though I never post political content on my YouTube.
I did what you are supposed to do in the democratic west: signed a petition & contacted political representatives.
To my great surprise I actually received replies!
Due to this I will make a follow-up video, both to share the replies that I received from the conservative side & the labour side but also in order to show my followers that it is possible to get a reply and have some sort of conversations with politicians!
This is a good thing!
That being said however it hardly takes an investigative disposition to see on my blog that I’m not a huge fan of the EU, I consider myself in many ways a European and don’t disagree with continental patriotism, but disagree with some of the radical politics coming out of the EU structure. I strongly disagree with the radical changes imposed upon Europe and see only trouble looming on the horizon since we already have a great deal of troubles.
If something is not working then it would make sense to try to make things work instead of just pretending like everything is ok while going down a dangerous path where more problems are likely.
If it is correct to assume that the EU is increasingly starting to resemble the Soviet Union, which is what its staunchest critics have been saying for God knows how many years, then a natural question is: when will the gulags open?
If someone in Scotland gets prison time for making a silly video of their dog doing a Nazi-salute then where do Europeans stand in terms of freedom of speech & especially on the act of information-sharing so crucial within a so-called democracy?
If only the establishment-press are allowed to have their say then how can you know that they are not just peddling propaganda? Isn’t diversity a good thing? I’m a big supporter of citizen-journalism which sometimes manifest itself as lone individuals with an internet connection just sharing their observations or information they’ve gathered with whomever is interested in listening.
No money is usually involved when a concerned father living in a forgotten territory within Europe decides to upload video footage of some sort of wrong-doing. Concerned people starting petitions and writing about their experiences create something real, something unfiltered, something more relatable.
There is nothing to be gained because these people are not running for office and have other occupations. You therefore feel like you are being warned by a friend or maybe someone who could be your friend or at least; your neighbour.
Whenever a political establishment seek to stomp out civilian voices or pretend that they do not exist one naturally have to ask the question: why?
Humour and comedy meanwhile toggles between the accepted and unaccepted, handing comedians the “privilege“ of exclaiming that the Emperor is without any clothes indeed while still getting away with their heads firmly planted on their shoulders since it was all just a joke after all.
When comedians are cracked down on then there is time to be very concerned.
What can be said of a society that doesn’t laugh? Or is not allowed to laugh? Or a society that is only allowed to laugh on command?
As it turns out though my WordPress-predicament was easily solved by simply contacting the very helpful WordPress-team using their chat box. I was sent a link to my email and now I’m sitting here writing this funny update with everything on my site operational.
So much for the thought-police! Big brother certainly did not come for me today but for all that I know they might do tomorrow depending on whether or not the European continent will stand as a beacon of freedom and human rights, or whether it will descend into totalitarianism and the monstrosity that its fiercest critics believe it is becoming. The same can sadly be said of the internet that offers economic opportunities and liberty in plenty as long as it remains free!
To be continued….