Mass Media

Mass Media – Digital Nation


I’d like to begin by addressing some of the issues with the content that was presented in module five. The part that stood out to me the most was the shockingly naive statement by Mr. Scott Paltrow. According to his analysis “The idea that the real cause of 9/11 has been completely covered up is implausible.” Let’s take a closer look at why he makes this assertion. He says there was no cover up besides what President George W. Bush did on that day which in his own words was to “Turn tail and run rather than return to Washington.” I’m no fan of either of the Bush presidents or their actions, I will however point out that this diversion of the true cover up is extremely ignorant of Secret Service protocol. Ask anyone who remembers what happened that day and they will tell you that Washington was a target as well so the notion that he was a coward for not returning that day is ignorant of how reality works. I don’t want to beat this topic to death so I’ll just conclude by saying that the 9/11 commission report has been entirely discredited in the eyes of the scientific community. I’ll refer you to Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth at Anyone who’s read the controversial 9/11 Commission Report and looked at the evidence presented by scientists and mathematicians as opposed to bureaucrats can see that there’s clearly a discrepancy in the narrative.  I didn’t even mention the Saudi connection, or how the use of the term “Conspiracy Theory” is often used as a tool to demonize opposition to the official narrative but moving on. Nothing to see here.

On the topic of the internet/web, social networking, personalization etc. I’m firmly against curation of content. It creates what is quickly becoming internet ghettos like Facebook and Twitter which are echo chambers for group think. As of this month even YouTube is joining the bandwagon of banning individuals who they disagree with ideologically. Three prominent examples are Milo Yiannopoulos who was the first person ever to lose his blue check mark on twitter which indicates official account status. The second one is most famous for machima and a celebrity in his own right Pew Die Pie whose ad revenue was attacked because of some controversial comments he made in a video. Finally, last but certainly not least, Mark Dice. A famous vlogger who challenges the narrative and interviews people on the street about current events often with comical results. Check out their channels below to see why their free speech is under attack by algorithms and tech companies with certain bias.

As fascinating as Deb Roy’s little surveillance and deep learning project was, it’s implications are terrifyingly dangerous. With mapping people’s lives like this it makes individuals easy targets for their beliefs. Giving governments access to something like this is worse than even Orwell could have imagined not to mention what AI is going to do with it. Seems like every other week the plugs are having to be pulled on rogue AI projects due to their hostile nature or ability to invent new language out of the control of their creators. Humanity is on a knifes edge with some of these new technologies. Elon Musk hits the nail on the head when he said “AI is the rare case where I think we need to be proactive in regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’ll be too late. AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” He is absolutely right. I’ll leave you with one last video… Something to think about.