Why is there a huge effort from governments and social activists to censor social media? Why do I fight like hell on social media? Isn’t social media a waste of time and a place to share cat pics?
Old News v. New News
Once upon a time if you wanted your story to get out, you had to call up your friends in the media. You’d schedule a press conference.
If you didn’t have any friends in the media, or if the journalists you called didn’t like what you had to say, then your story died.
Today you don’t need the media to get your message out. If you have something to say, you take your message directly to the people.
Even more, you can shut down media attacks against you! Several media outlets wrote hostile articles about me. My name has grown even bigger, as I am my own media outlet.
Today’s Twitter is tomorrow’s news.
Until recently journalists loved social media, social media lined their pockets:
- Journalist writes a story.
- Readers share and discuss the story.
- Websites gets more pages views and journalists set the agenda.
Social media was great until a mindset shift happened.
Readers became writers. Readers began setting the agenda.
Social media is the new media.
Everyone in media knows this, and everyone is terrified.
“Journalism is just repeating what happened on Twitter yesterday.” – Hoan Ton-That
To crush your enemies you must know them.
Imagine what it must feel like to be a “professional journalist.” One way to understand your enemy is to perform a psychodrama exercise, as taught by Gerry Spence.
Spence calls this “crawling into the hide” of the other side. Use the first person when trying to really get deep inside someone’s head. I might perform the exercise as follows:
- “I’ll never get rich doing this job, but it’s a living. People respect and admire me, and many fear me. I instill a sense of dread in others when they see me seeking comment from them. I also control what the people think and have immense power over elections. If I play the game right, I’ll marry into money or maybe hit it big with a massive book release.”
Being a journalist is a huge ego boost and sends a lot of people on a power trip. To understand why most go into journalism, read what Matt Taibbi, a fact-checker for Rolling Stone, said of journalism:
The extraction of the humiliating public apology is one of the media’s most powerful weapons. Someone becomes famous, we dig up dirt on the person, we rub it in his or her nose, and then we demand that the person get down on bended knee and beg forgiveness.
Taibbi, incidentally, does not consider himself a terrible person. You can easily say you only extract humiliating public apologies from bad people.
At its best, journalism allows virtuous people to put sociopaths in check. At worst, journalists are sociopaths who attack all who celebrate life and beauty.
When you threaten the power structure, people get pissed.
Imagine that our adversaries are not evil, they are misguided. (Remember, this is about “crawling into the hide” of the other person. We are not imposing our value judgements on them.)
Our adversaries believe sincerely that right-wing extremists pose a threat to migrants, and moreover, that Europe should open its borders to Syrian refugees.
Again, do not judge them or roll your eyes. Really imagine that’s what they feel.
When you hear about rapes in Cologne, you have the power to ensure no one else hears about this. You are the gate keeper of the narrative.
Even otherwise well-intentioned people become dishonest. Glen Greenwald, a lawyer and journalist who I still admire despite his cognitive dissonance on the rapefugee problem, made a conscious decision to cover-up the Cologne and Rotherham rapes.
Social media forced the media to report about the rapefugee crisis.
Journalists have long known migrants rove in rape gangs. They have had the power to keep this information from the public for years. Social media has taken away the media’s power.
Because of citizen journalists like yourself, the mainstream media has been compelled to report on rapefugee activity throughout the EU.
- Frankfurt: Several women have reported New Year sexual assaults to police
- Hamburg: At least 53 cases of harassment, of which 39 are of sexual harassment, have been reported
- Helsinki: 3 reported sexual assaults on women
- Zürich: A total of about 6 women now say they were sexually assaulted
- Salzburg: Several women in the Austrian city of Salzburg have said they were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve
- Cologne: More than 500 complaints filed over New Year’s Eve assaults
- Stuttgart and Duesseldorf: Women in this cities have filed complaints with police saying they were groped, molested or robbed by unruly mobs on NYE.
Social media has taken away the media’s power to choose the next President of the United States.
Naval Ravikant is one of few who recognizes the power social media has had over the rise of Donald Trump. (Read: Why Donald Trump is Winning.)
“Social media allows the masses to bypass the mass media, gatekeeper of the elites.” – Naval Ravikant
Is Naval the only person in tech and media to understand the power of social media?
Perhaps a more sinister explanation is that everyone in tech and media knows all too well the power ordinary citizens now have.
Angela Merkel meets with Mark Zuckerberg to censor Facebook.
Angela Merkel is the chancellor of Germany, and her policies have led to more rapes of European women than all of my blog posts multiplied by infinity.
Merkel and her friends in the press were able to cover up the rapefugee crisis and needed help. Merkel met personally with Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg to discuss ways to take away the power of ordinary citizens to speak their minds.
Twitter has also censored anti-Merkel hashtags, thus preventing ordinary citizens from participating in the democratic process.
Twitter Censors Milo Yiannopoulos
Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the few journalists who understands the power of social media. He doesn’t merely link to his articles, as most do on Twitter. He instead engages with his audience and even often crowd sources story ideas. (Read: Why I’m Winning by Milo Yiannopoulos.)
Because of his efforts, Yiannopoulos is his own media empire. His Twitter receives more traffic than most major media websites.
Yiannopoulos’s Twitter account received over 6 million profile visits and his Tweets received 74 million page views.
Yiannopoulos is also a gay man of the people. He engages with people who call him names, laughs it off, and never plays the victim.
To say Yiannopoulos has a large and devoted fan base would be an understatement. After Twitter censored Milo, we created a hashtag #JeSuisMilo, which trended worldwide. #JeSuisMilo was the #1 story on Twitter until Twitter manually took it down.
Because he poses a threat to the power structure, Twitter is looking for ways to ban him from Twitter. Read: Twitter is taking a side in the culture war.
The nit-picky ways we are censored by Facebook and Twitter.
Apple pulled Gorilla Mindset from its store, five months after it was approved, due to an alleged “formatting” problem with my name. When I spoke up about this, people said it was much ado about nothing.
When iTunes removed my podcast, I caused an uproar. Thanks to you, my podcast was back up in under four hours.
As a leader on social media, I see what others don’t.
Last month my Tweets had just under 18 million page views.
Currently tech companies are fingering us in smaller ways. It’s minor censorship, a frog-in-a-pot scenario we aren’t supposed to notice.
- Milo lost his verified status on Twitter.
- GamerGate-related hashtags won’t trend on Twitter.
- Hashtags critical of political elites do not auto-complete.
- Facebook bans people for sharing “bad” right-wing thoughts.
- Saying “Kill all white men” is allowed on both Facebook and Twitter.
The fight for social media is the fight for democracy.
Most people believe social media is a scrap book for your life, and if Zuckerberg has his way, that’s what Facebook will be for.
The rubes and slobs can share memes, but if you share any thoughts that threaten the political establishment, you’re finished.
If Jack Dorsey has his way, the mainstream media will regain its power as gate keepers of information.
The rapefugee crisis will not be reported. The brutal beatings of women will be swept under the rug. Presidential elections will involve two sides of the same globalist coin.
Keep fighting back.
We hit the power elite hard in 2015 and will keep hitting them harder.
How can you hit back?
Recognize the power of social media.
If you have some spare time, start a Twitter account and share articles.
Ask journalists like Glenn Greenwald they aren’t covering the rapefugee crisis.
Share articles from Yiannopoulos and others who have your back.
Become your own media empire.
If you’re a waiter or bartender, know what influential tech and government officials look like.
You have a smart phone.
Start taking pictures.
Listen to conversations.
Join our international media network.
We can do this.
Do you know where else media has lost its power? Publishing!
Once upon a time, if you wanted to have a successful book launch you needed friends in media to promote your work.
The arrangement worked like so:
- Go beg a publishing house to publish your work,
- Sign crappy contract giving royalties to publisher,
- Publisher has buddies in media write about your work.
The media is losing power over book publishing as well, due to social media.
Not a single journalist or mainstream source has promoted Gorilla Mindset.
Gorilla Mindset was the most successful independent non-fiction book launch of 2015.
I bypassed the gate keepers.
I teach you how to live life on your terms in Gorilla Mindset.