wait… now I’m torn

cognitive dissonance

Sure, I consider Zuckerberg the evial offspring of a nightmarish union between C3PO and Data; and the shenannigans of FB are …off-putting at best.

Yet I read this and find myself …thought-challenged.

[in Davos at World Economic Forum] …George Soros’ annual banquet…

That night he began by warning in his quiet, shaking Hungarian accent about nuclear war and climate change. [bla bla bla]

Then he shifted to his next idea of a global menace: Google and Facebook. “Mining and oil companies exploit the physical environment; social media companies exploit the social environment,” he said. “The owners of the platform giants consider themselves the masters of the universe, but in fact they are slaves to preserving their dominant position …

Davos is a good place to announce that their days are numbered.”

Sure, the current dumpster fire of civilized behavior that is FB, et al, is the understandable first steps of humans experimenting with the most significant change in human communication since the Gutenberg press. Among those experiments are Those Who Think They Are Our Betters conducting one [many] ginormous experiment[s] in Nudgeing the behavior of the The Rest of Us into forms more slave-like governable acceptable to them. [eg Pokemon: "social experiment!!" *or* "work of Art!1!!"].

Lest I be knee-jerk in my disgust for Soros’ vision for the rest of us I must ask; might his targeting FB et al actually be a threat to the ease with which of us reg’lar folk communicate with strangers like us [or not] in our own country?

Or is he just attacking the meme factories?


  1. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 10:46 am |

    Dunno, I blog, not FB (different thing, entirely);
    and since I don’t know, I’ll give you my opinion.

    Soros’ problem is this:
    social-media platforms were going great guns by evolving into his kind of manipulation mechanisms; but he forgot one big thing — competition.
    Not only do market participants compete, proto-tyrants compete.
    The platforms went all “woker than thou” and began to over-censor participants before that became irrevocably acceptable (might take generations, maybe never).
    Governments jumped in, too (China, Russia, UK).
    As a result of this premature movement, there’s awareness and push-back.
    Alternatives will evolve; and that reflects badly on all forms of tyranny, so Soros ain’t happy.

    (I.e. I have no idea)

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 11:09 am |

    Seems to me the root of Soros’ concerns is that anything he cannot manipulate or control through his financial skulduggery is anathema to him.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 1:40 pm |

    DM @!, Dick @2 — nailed it!

    Seems we’re seeing a lot of, as you say, premature movement. Yesss.

    to borrow from Princess Leah: “Awareness and push-back — you’re our only hope.”

  4. DougM (a 20th-Century guy)
    Posted April 16, 2019 at 2:23 pm |

    ^ Assume you mean the “I have no idea” part.