In my this spoken entry I talk about the power of capital:
The reality of freedom of speech and absolute liberation is something that can only be experienced if you:
- Flag your political alignments in the middle of a street surrounded by strangers.
- Wear any form of apparel in public with a controversial statement.
- Create a profile on the social media site Gab.
The truth is that most of what we perceive as “freedom of speech” is curated. Whether we are looking at published works and opinion pieces or interactions on forums and social media sites.
This in combination with the people who you are exposed to might create an illusion of respect and rationality.
Many would find themselves stunned if exposed to the meaning and implications of liberty since it reveals how incredibly irrational humans are.
Yet, who is to define what is rational or not? And by which standard?
Everyone considers themselves rational and/or righteous regardless of how misguided and lost they are in relation to facts, solid evidence and/or consistent witness accounts.
With that in mind I’ll paste in two of my latest Tweets.
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I remember how incredulous I was when my numbers outdid establishment guitarists on Facebook. Obviously this made me extremely excited and I saw it as a very strong card to have on my hand. I was proving my potential in terms of commercial appeal. My Q&As were more well attended than establishment musicians who were taking over major instrument brand’s Facebook pages and when I was given a shot at visibility among the major players my numbers were way better than theirs.
I took screenshot after screenshot and sent these to the brands that I endorsed to prove my appeal with “the public“ and felt that nothing could go wrong. This was not based on delusion or wishful thinking but from seeing my actual reach and the reactions from people both online and in the real-world. This made me incredibly excited!
Just posting a picture for fun like the one below received a good response on my page.
I was certainly on to something since people loved what I was doing! And if people love what you are doing then that must surely result in show-biz insiders dying to work with you and your endorsement deals improving, right?
Even in 2017 when I was largely absent due to bad health my like count was pretty good, it even was at the start of 2018, but then all of a sudden something happened to my Facebook.
My reach just vanished, followers complained that they did not see my updates anymore, people had no idea that I was releasing a new album, and my Facebook started suffering a slow death.
The fact that we were able to pull off a successful pre-order campaign and had to print up a new batch of CDs before Christmas, sending out these to no less than 19 different countries around the globe can certainly be seen as a bit of a masterstroke with no major press outlet mentioning the album launch and with Facebook (which used to be my number one site) dead and gone.
It certainly looked like digital sabotage to me as it seemed a bit telling that my reach went south when I announced that I was back to work recording my 3rd album. My reach starting going down for the count way before I shared anything from my new release and while my Facebook reach became increasingly horrendous leading up to my album launch I experienced all sorts of strange things online: When Someone Is Messing Around With Your Social Media….
Frustrated I attended a webinar at the end of last year about Facebook to see if I could catch some valuable information. What I gathered from the whole thing was that you can reach maximum 2% of the people who have liked your page. If you look at this screenshot from late 2018 you can also see that not all comments will be visible anymore on your pictures. Facebook simply filters out compliments and positive feedback so that the interaction seem less than what it is.
Of course this could in part explain why Facebook wasn’t working for me anymore, but I also realised when seeing Facebook’s actual advertising costs that this was the end of Facebook.
Independent artists and small business owners will not be able to pay the sort of fees that Facebook are demanding and if you are interested in reaching young people then Facebook is a dead-end anyway since teenagers have no interest in the site at all.
You start sensing a social media site’s death when there are too many “ghost accounts“ with the latest update being from 2-3 years ago. You can also spot it when people start posting less frequently.
They’ve simply found a new place to hang out.
Which is something that I detected a good while back on Twitter when going through real human profiles. I felt like I was digitally walking through a ghost-town. Media people and establishment characters still tend to it, but in terms of “the people“ I’ve been under the impression for a while that Twitter’s best days are behind them and I think the same can be said of Facebook.
I hope that new sites will spring up bringing back the organic reach that evened out the playing field between corporate and independent. Only when opportunity is enabled can you have true freedom and diversity instead of a stagnant monopoly which is what is currently happening to the major social media sites.
Users leave sites usually after the youngest players have already abandoned the ship, the pain for independent artists is that they have to build up a presence once again hoping that old fans will remember to follow and that new fans can be easily reached.
I’m happy to see that people have been watching my latest video about Article 13 and Article 11!
I made this follow-up video since I received replies from the EU politicians that I contacted about the future of YouTube.
YouTube has encouraged all of their creators to make videos about this topic since it threatens the video sharing site as we’ve come to know it.
Just yesterday I was watching a hilarious parody/mash-up that made me laugh just as hard as the 007 spy-adventures of the now infamous YouTuber Kraut.
If Article 13 passes through the EU it will probably not be possible anymore to watch and enjoy such content as I sincerely doubt that the content creators had any permissions in place before they created said video.
Google/YouTube are trying to mobilise as many people as possible since the legislative changes would mean job losses in the millions and YouTubers losing out on revenue.
In a worst case scenario it will result in millions of videos being blocked in the EU, videos like the one I was watching yesterday, and it would also mean that people within the EU would be prevented from uploading new content without all of the correct permits!
This might not seem like a big deal, but it is a direct assault on the culture of Millennials & Generation Z, in addition it can potentially destroy countless lives due to their income being drastically reduced or completely taken away from them!
Even though I am an original content creator I stand with everyone else who are part of the #SaveYourInternet campaign!
I hope that my contribution was helpful!
Thanks for watching & thanks for listening! ❤
This post is meant to encourage civilian political participation in the West.
Our involvement is not supposed to be restricted to the ballot box but is designed to be an ongoing activity.
This is why the role of the press is so crucial since it is their job to keep power players accountable. They should not function like a propaganda outlet or as their own special interest group. Their interest is meant to be the people, and the health of their nation, with investigative journalism as their number one tool to uncover wrongdoings and abuse.
Thanks to the internet and the popularisation of gadgets it has turned every individual into a potential investigative journalist. Even though there are negative side-effects to our tech-culture the upside is that it will hopefully become increasingly hard to cover up human rights abuses and wrongdoings around the world.
Hopefully the emergence of tech will mean more transparency, liberty, opportunity and fairness rather than lies, imprisonment, destitution and exploitation.
In this post I’ll include two emails I’ve written: one that was ignored and one that was not.
I’ll also include a little introduction to activism since this is the tool utilised if representatives ignore the very people that they are meant to represent.
- In 2018 I sent an email to the local Parish council which is the lowest level of government in the UK. I did this after reading about MicroPlastics from an environmental organisation in the USA. This issue is truly global, so I reasoned that it would make sense to raise my concern over here in Europe. I received an instant lengthy response from the Parish council who encouraged me to contact the Cotswold District Council, in addition to our local representative in Parliament and the local Water provider. This is what I sent: Dear Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.
I’ve been reading about the latest news regarding Microplastics finding their ways into the planet’s tap water. There are also plenty of petitions being passed around about this issue.
I was naturally wondering what is being done to investigate and improve any problems we might have with our local drinking water?
Sincerely yours; Berit Hagen.
http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/national/14700238.Plastic_microbeads_in_hygiene_products_should_face_outright_ban_by_2017__say_MPs/ I did not receive a response but this was what I had expected. This plays into the popular depiction of the “elite“ not bothering about what the people have to say for themselves. I’m convinced that “arrogance“ and/or “silence“ adds fuel to the fire when it comes to conspiracy theories because why on earth wouldn’t politicians be concerned with the quality of their own drinking water?
- In order to force power-players to the negotiating table or to tackle important social issues there are those who have developed techniques in order to make their presence so manifest that they cannot be ignored. Likewise the establishment might respond to activism by using state-force in an attempt to force obedience and silence upon their population. This can in many ways be interpreted as the breakdown of democracy and the rise of totalitarianism. You’ll be forced to compliance. Organisation within the civilian population in order to obtain political goals is commonly referred to as activism or community organising. It hinges on alliance building within the civilian population and to get journalists within the establishment media onboard. One aim of political activism is to get a powerful photo-op such as the picture taken of the father of a child killed in a high-school shooting extending his hand to Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. Even though Kavanaugh probably had no idea who this man was, he turned around and looked at him while the father was seemingly trying to shake his hand. This resulted in a “powerful” viral image used to portray Kavanaugh as an uncaring, demonic human being regardless of the actual circumstances or what Kavanaugh was actually thinking in the moment. Other examples of text-book activism can be observed during social media campaigns where a specific post from a company is targeted by what appears to be “consumers“ and “the people.“ In truth this is in most cases a coordinated effort where organisations send out mass emails to individuals who are already politically active online. “The mob“ then target said post or whatever individual creating the illusion that “the people“ are furious. Since it appears that power-players either have no clue or interest in political activism they cave-in fearing the loss of potential consumers. You can read more about political activism here: “How To Resist – Turn Protest To Power” by Matthew Bolton.
- In an ideal situation it will be possible to receive a response from political representatives since they are meant to be the bridge between “the people“ and “the establishment“ much like the media. This instantly dissolves conspiracy theories and can potentially make “the people“ less hostile and blood-thirsty when it comes to individual political characters since a conversation is being had and the people will feel that their concerns are being listened to. Demonization can be actively worked against with political transparency, which is undesirable of course if aiming for political totalitarianism. My second attempt at contacting politicians was the result of YouTube urging their creators to raise awareness in regards to Article 13. Out of 5 representatives 3 came back to me. This was the email I sent them:
Hi __________. I’m writing to you as an original content creator on YouTube asking what you are currently doing to prevent Article 13 from hurting independent artists and creatives?
To hear what the EU representatives replied to me go here: The EU replied to me! – Article 13.
I hope that this entry was helpful! ❤
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….