I picked a horrible time to start a blog, I really did. Perhaps I should have started a decade ago, but to be honest, I was too busy being stupid then to have anything valuable to offer. A decade ago, I was about a year removed from returning from Iraq and in fact had recently returned from teaching English in China in 2004. Teaching English in China was my way of decompressing after returning from Iraq. The transition from War to regular job was fairly abrupt for me as my contract was up by the time I got back. So I took off to China, because why not. But this article is about none of that. Rather, it’s about the coming apocalypse. Let me explain.
Information changes the course of history. Champions of liberty love it and evil seeks to destroy it. Whether it’s the literacy of ancient empires, the invention of the printing press, or even the internet, where information flows, freedom follows suit. And like a moth to a flame, tyranny is drawn to it for the purpose of destroying it. Now to be clear, I am not saying that my blog is a beacon of liberty and evil is out to destroy it. No wait, never mind, I like that title beacon of liberty. I’ll take that. I am not sure how well my blog will do through the years, but I just hope I spoke the truth. And if Westbro Baptist Church is there to picket my funeral, then I know I did it right.
However, what I am telling you is that the highway on which my information flows is under assault and my blog and many of your other favorite places on the web will fall careening into the icy abyss once the free bridge of independent thought is destroyed. Sounds grandiose, I know, but it’s true and it’s coming. It’s almost like a race between good and evil. Can the forces of liberty adapt quicker than the forces of tyranny can destroy. Again, I’m not saying my blog is Captain America, but, no wait, never mind, I like that too. I am Captain America. With a blog. And a beard.
You may have heard a little bit about this off and on in the news and may be somewhat confused as to what this means. So let me give you the unprecedented mediocre explanation as I understand it. Currently, you can access my blog at the same speed as any major news site, entertainment site, or government site. That’s net neutrality. All information flows at the same speed and you the independent mind get to decide where to go. Get it? But what if I told you that was changing?
You see, big business has decided that this current setup is absurd. What good is all their money if they can’t use it to control what you see? So that is the plan. They desire to allow those with money to pay for internet fast lanes and relegate me and your other favorite sites to dirt roads. The consequence? You see what big money and power wants you to see. When has that ever ended well for liberty? Let me put it this way. How angry would you be if the only video on Youtube that loads fast enough to watch was Paris Hilton’s music video because she had the money to make it so. Let us all shudder at the thought.
Current politicians have weighed in on it and I almost wish they hadn’t for it confuses the truth in the midst of partisan politics. People think not about the merit of what is being said and just how much they hate the guy that said it. Tragic. For I tell you right now, it’s not about politics, it’s about the money and control. You see, here is a history lesson for you all as the past can be complex and telling good from evil isn’t easy. Whoever is trying to control and suppress the flow of information is always the bad guy. Always. It doesn’t matter whether it’s book burning Nazi’s or a corrupt religious structure. If you are trying to suppress independent thought, then I want to be on the other team. End of story. So as you evaluate modern politicians on this issue, let that be your guide.
Now Facebook over the years has been a good way to spread excellent independent information. I myself have a little less than a 1,000 fans at this moment. Would it surprise you though that only a small percentage of those fans are actually able to see every post due to Facebook’s algorithms. Moreover, according to Facebook it’s only going to get worse after the new year. You see, once again, big money wins. Those able afford paid post will get their information in front of you and guys like me will be writing to the audience of the wind I guess.
I understand Facebook is a business, but if it becomes just another route for money and power to dictate what you see then what a tragedy that will be. There are greater sites than mine and more consequential information for you to miss than Unprecedented Mediocrity. However, big money is on the move and it’s time to start prepping. Don’t let it be too late before you realize all you have been seeing these past few years is what the elite want you to see. Find the online version of hiding books under your bed. Remember those things, real books with pages and everything? Sign up to receive post notifications by email and don’t bank that Zuckerburg is going to show you what you really want to see, But most importantly, fight for your independent mind because it will be under assault. For I leave you again with this quote from Winston Churchill, “The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”
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