ToDaZeD Air/Eloi Big Idea

passing notes in class

I remember in hi-skool, my pal and I would write our notes in Elvish, from the Hobbit book. Even if the teacher caught us and threatened to read it aloud [a clear violation of private communications, albiet with a valid point about time & place] there would be No Joy there.

Sure, we could have learned Russian or Chinese or something that would have been equally opaque yet potentially useful in later life, but the idea did not occur to us.

Dunno why that bit of flotsam just sprang to mind….

The Facebook Kerfluffle is …interesting.

First, people who actually worked the job — multiple people — say it was the done thing to promote stories acceptable to Proggie/Air-Eloi esthetics and hide stories that weren’t. Actual news stories. With facts and stuff.

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section… workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

…Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, also told Gizmodo that they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion—or in some cases weren’t trending at all.

Bias? You decide™.

F/B sez:

“Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers to systematically discriminate against sources of any ideological origin and we’ve designed our tools to make that technically not feasible.

I don’t pay attention to F/B but am I to gather that all F/B users, upon whom “trending” is based, are completely disinterested in any story that might be of a non-Proggie/Air-Eloi bent?

Fancy that…..

I have also heard it said in several places that “ignorant” free speech is “dangerous.” IOW, if someone is saying something based on a lack of some [or all] pertinent facts, their speech ought to be “restricted” by …*someone*.

oh… I wanna say… how about… The .gov! ought to protect the Peeeeople from hearing — and being confused by — “ignorant” “dangerous” speech — much as they are trying to do in Teh Academy, protecting people from “offensive” speech. A great starting place, “offensiveness.” Then one can claim one is “offended” by “ignorance!” That’s the ticket!

Now, the first fella who oughta STFU be censured under that doctrine is the one who utters it, being that he has just demonstrated his absolute and complete ignorance of any and all of the Lessons of History on the subject of .gov-controlled speech. But I guess that’s a bit too obvious to point out.

As is the notion that there has never been a/one each air-suckin’ Homo Sapien who Knew It All. Granted, there are plenty who are under the impression that they do …nevertheless.

Next, let us toss into this little stew the technical capabilities of the NSA and like agencies [which, of course do not exist] to listen to what used to be private speech; on phones, on the street, in homes….

Wonder what would happen if….


  1. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm |

    Y’mean like, oh I dunno, what if the Bar Ass’n were to impose free-speech codes on lawyers?

  2. Thomas M.
    Posted May 12, 2016 at 12:36 pm |

    I’m surprised that we’re even hearing this. Is anyone surprised that fb has a liberal bias? Why are any of their insiders raising this issue? Could it be that established media is feeling threatened? If so, isn’t it amusing that they’re complaining about bias? Does anyone know how to spell schadenfreude?

  3. Fawkes News (V for Article V)
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 4:42 am |

    And what does it say about our culture when people are only interested in news if it’s “trending”?

  4. ZZMike
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am |

    I didn’t notice till this came up that there was a ‘trending news’ on FB. But then, unlike many, I don’t get my news from late-night comedy shows or social media.

  5. Hank
    Posted May 13, 2016 at 8:21 pm |

    I get my news from Stilton