Digital omniscience meets “the crooked timber of humanity.”
The surveillance/control part of this is quite serious. The connection of THAT to inappropriate male behaviors around women, not so much. Are we stretching to connect news stories in silly ways? The real Big Sister problem is just female GOP lawmakers who lie as badly as shameless men on every issue.
Bentham would marvel at the actual Panopticon that we–all of us–have built. The Economist is far too optimistic about the West. More Dear Colleague forays await us in the next Democratic administration when the deep state clerisy can throw off even having to pretend our constitutional order is one of limited government. Already the UK makes a greater effort to arrest, prosecute and jail people for their Facebook comments than for murder or rape.
Christopher Hitchens wrote that those who want to transform people end up by burning them. Social media is just a giant lens that will focus the rays of hatred and resentment of all those “empowered women and enlightened men” onto their declared political enemies to burn them down.
The Hitchens’s quote resonates with me, but I’d like to see some objective evidence that the UK really is spending more resources on Facebook comments than on violent crime prevention and detection. Is that just hyperbole, or do you have some stats to point to?
Hyperbole. I was thinking specifically of the UK’s refusal to investigate and prosecute Islamic citizens and residents for certain criminal acts (Rotherham) while rather aggressively prosecuting “hate speech” by Anglos (https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/qatar-airways-passenger-facing-jail-for-writing-death-to-allah-on-plane-armrest-a3649976.html;
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