“SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS ARE WILD BEASTS DEVOURING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY” – Former journalist and editor, and one of my favourite military historians, Max Hastings, tells us what he really thinks:
Almost 70 years ago, George Orwell wrote a nightmare into our language when, in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, he imagined a future in which ‘Big Brother’ scrutinises an enslaved society with an all-seeing eye.
More recently, civil libertarians have warned ubiquitous CCTV and Government surveillance, born out of the fight against terrorism, have begun to fulfil Orwell’s prophesy.
Yet both the fictional fantasies and daily realities pale into insignificance alongside the threat posed by social media.
Scarcely imagined a generation ago, they have become a monstrous, intrusive presence in almost all our lives, especially frightening because of their influence upon children.
Personally, I find it ironic that it’s precisely all these big, holier-than-though, “don’t be evil”, super woke, new economy giants, like Facebook, Twitter, Apple, or Amazon, that are increasingly being revealed as hypocritical slime, with their toxic work environments, worker exploitation, mass tax evasion, screwing the customers, never mind the deep progressive bias that leads to censorship and propagandising. The anti-social media emperors wear no clothes.
Some of the most powerful men in Silicon Valley are regulars at exclusive, drug-fueled, sex-laced parties—gatherings they describe not as scandalous, or even secret, but as a bold, unconventional lifestyle choice. Yet, while the guys get laid, the women get screwed.