Remember how people said the demonstrations in Iran over the last couple years were the result of Twitter and social media? Kinda important to remember that who controls social media makes a difference, too.
In the US, resistance to the state’s control of your health is being suppressed by social media.
Twitter has repeatedly suspended an account critical of the Affordable Care Act.
The account, @mycancellation, was just getting started when Twitter suspended it—twice—before reinstating the account late Saturday night.
The purpose of @mycancellation or mycancellation.com was to allow some of the millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance to post pictures of themselves with their cancellation letters. “Help us show Washington the faces who lost what they liked,” the account asked. “ObamaCare canceled your health insurance. Now, send us your letter,” the tagline for the website advertised.
Government doesn’t need to control Twitter. All that’s required is for the people who control Twitter to be ideologically in line with the government and willing to act on their ideology. They’re leftists, so the response is to crush dissent.
The Twitter account quickly gained steam and had over 1,000 followers before Twitter suspended it.
That may not seem like a lot, but it’s also a start. Much like how the “We Are The 53%” got kicked off and became a counterpoint to the welfare state begging of last year, things that get kicked off and begin to go viral can make a difference in the national discussion. Cutting off a voice (and a thousand voices with it) is just following the old leftist playbook of “Shut Up“. And cutting off something before it goes viral is quite effective.
Shutting down a website is likened by IT specialists to tearing down a poster in the days before the internet. They consider it to mean little. But tearing down a poster for a small band may mean half their audience never sees that they’re in town, because there’s no word of mouth, as there’s no poster to say they’re in town. It feeds on itself. It can never spread if it can’t start. Tear down the poster and put it back up later and a huge chunk of audience may simply assume the band’s never coming. Again, the word doesn’t get out to the same extent.
Here, it’s something people run with and create on their own and contribute to. Make it go away, and people simply can’t contribute to it to make it go viral.
The government doesn’t have to censor things in such a crude manner as they used to. Those in leftist ideological lockstep voluntarily censor things for the government.
It’s for your own good, of course. You’re too stupid to know you shouldn’t disagree with your betters. You’re going to be getting equal access to healthcare, so shut up about your problems because you’re the tight-fisted greedy capitalist pig that made it unequal. You’ll be made equal by your betters and you’ll be made to shut up by your betters.
That’s equality to the left.