My favorite local news site to comment on has been The Tennessean. Until today.
Corporate parent Gannett has partnered with Facebook and has mandated on all their newspaper web sites that you must have a FB account to comment.
The article that announced the change had this title and byline:
More media outlets ban anonymous Web comments
Media outlets aim to tame discourse.
As of last night there were almost 500 comments at the article with at least 90% blasting The Tennessean and Gannett for their corporate big brother/sis move. They are all gone/deleted now with only a few facebookers leaving remarks.
As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in 2010:
“Facebook is only reflecting the changes that society is undergoing and the loss of privacy is part of that change.”The 'rumor' that Facebook was seeded with CIA and NSA money and that they are in bed with them is apparently true despite the movie that conveniently left that part out as well as not identifying Zuckerberg as a jew and who actually controls the media, social and otherwise. No surprise there and it wasn't as if we didn't know.
Where the Gannett/Facebook merging has been implemented for awhile, comments have been reduced significantly, sometimes a hundredfold or more which obviously relates to much fewer page hits and you would think some loss of advertising revenue if it is based on the number of views. The financial incentives offered by Facebook to Gannett remain to be seen. We know our tax money is involved through this invasive spying network. We pay for the corporate government entities to gather our data which is sold for target marketing and to keep forever just in case it is ever needed.
We're under no illusions that whatever we say on the 'net can be traced back to who we really are but making it easier for the spooks is something we need to avoid if possible. Make them work for it, not just say "here I am, take me."
For all the respect I have for bloggers and legitimate alternative media it is often preaching to the choir. We have our support group but trying to reach outside this limited area is going to get harder and harder. Comments on the Tennessean previously could be anonymous and if kept relatively civil would not get censored. Heck, my photo for my screen name was building 7. Being one of few who would ever mention 9/11 as a false flag or supporting Palestine and leaving related links may not have ever influenced a single person but I always thought it was worth a try. With an up or down comment rating system I took it as a badge of honor to get a lot of thumbs down when addressing certain issues and bringing out the hasbara trolls from their holes. I don't have a Facebook account so that ends that. It's all about shutting us up. The repression of free speech moves on down the line. A question is just how far will the tentacles of Facebook eventually go?
The passing of Senate bill 1867 is another step to try and shut us up. The ambiguity in interpreting it is by design. Whether or not there will be detaining of citizens by the military is the subject of much talk but the initial purpose of the bill is to more firmly plant the seed of fear that what we say may be used against us.
This will work to silence more than a few. For the rest of us, we'll continue to take our chances.
Shutting up is not our option or in our best interests .... for now.