Sunday, March 03, 2019

I make an announcement ("expiration" in 2021); free content and patronage sites create contradicting and yet intertwined Internet policy questions


On Wednesday, February 27, 2019, I did place a statement on my “doaskdotellnotes” blog, which directly supports my books, about the future of my own online presence.  Essentially I want to keep things mostly as they are until late 2021 (about 32 months).  At that time, all online activity would have to be self-supporting to continue. 

The best way to get a grip on this problem is to follow a particular tag that I set up on the site under the Wordpress category “political speech controversies”.  

The specific problem occurs when bloggers offer political or issue-oriented content for free, which is pretty easy to do because the costs for having a domain and website are low and require capital.  

What is not so cheap is the labor and effort that goes into keeping such a site effective, when no outside assistance is required or little or no income is earned from the site.  That are some persons on the Left who argue that this is not OK because it gives people with money even more advantages in policy outcomes, outside the competitive political process.  In practical terms, it reduces solidarity and participation in conventional politics by people in the center (who are often richer and have more to lose to radicalism), and allows the fringes more influence. It also raises existential questions of a personal nature in how one views others related to the self, that can become quite troubling. 

The problem is not quite the same as the recent issue of alleged payment processor collusion, which many critics say happen because of pressure on large companies from the political left.  Tim Pool did a major video March 2 on this matter (embedded yesterday in my “Bill on International Issues” blog).  Lior Leser, as reported before, is working on a major complaint to the FTC on this matter.  
  
The whole shebang seems to have started when Sargon of Akkad was banned by Patreon on December 6, 2018 and the “crisis” quickly spread.  These problems deal largely with website and video channel (and sometimes filmmaking) patronage, asking for money. 
  
Breitbart has a detailed story by Allum Bokhari, called “Financial Blacklisting”, about Chase bank’s closing some accounts, most recently of Martina Markota (Rebel Media, affected by Facebook Purge 3.0 last October).  Perhaps Breitbart is “right wing media” but my own experience with them it that they’re generally correct with facts (same with Milo Yiannopolous and “Dangerous”, despite his pariah status with the Left). 




One America News talks about Joe Biggs, Iraq War veteran.  Some of the narrative says that Trump supporters are being targeted. 

Zerohedge has a similar story about Markota 
  
Tim Pool argues that we are heading toward a system were major corporations maintain a “social credit score” similar to China’s on the reputations of people they do business with.  Community engagement and volunteerism and support for non-profits would be in;  personal outspokenness would be out as it is seen as a way of wielding subtle “power” over historically oppressed groups.

I’ll have to get into the particulars of my own reasoning as to my own situation in more detail later.  
  
Trump apparently promised to sign an executive order penalizing some educational institutions that penalize free speech. 


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